SOURCE: Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc.

October 04, 2007 15:20 ET

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Slashes Cow Palace's Annual Energy Costs by Nearly $240,000

California's "Green" Light Provider and Ecology Action Team Up to Roll Out RightLights Program at Historic Venue in San Francisco to Help Reduce Pollution and Introduce New Lighting Technologies

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc., California's "green" lighting provider, has completed a massive retrofit of the famous San Francisco-area landmark, the Cow Palace. The projected annual savings and improvements will result in direct annual energy savings of 1,508,532 kilowatt-hours, reducing energy demand by 360 kilowatts and saving the famed arena an estimated $239,224 in annual energy costs.

Originally known as the California State Livestock Pavilion, the Cow Palace has been in continuous operation since in 1941. The unique multipurpose arena has provided a venue for everything from ice hockey, basketball, livestock expositions and rodeos to circuses, rock concerts and national conventions. The World War II years found the enormous structure filled with troops embarking for combat zones in the Pacific theater. The Grateful Dead even pioneered what was arguably the greatest public address system of all time, the "Wall of Sound," at the Cow Palace in 1974.

"We installed new lighting at the Cow Palace that employs the latest advances in lighting technology," said Randy Parole, president, Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions. "All fluorescent lighting was retrofitted with third-generation T8 lamps with ultra-efficient electronic ballasts. High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights in the arena were retrofitted with pulse-start electronically ballasted HID technology. Incandescent lights in the arena were retrofitted to Energy Star Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). This improves the color of the lighting and reduces the electrical load by 60 percent. Apart from saving money and reducing pollution, the new energy efficient lighting also provides better illumination and reduces heat and maintenance."

The environmental consultancy group Ecology Action administered the Cow Palace retrofit project and selected Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions as the preferred retrofitting subcontractor. Ecology Action is a nonprofit environmental consultancy founded in 1970 that delivers educational services, technical assistance and programs for initiatives that enhance environmental quality. Funded by utility ratepayers, Ecology Action's RightLights program subsidizes projects that help Bay Area companies become more energy efficient.

"Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions is an ideal partner for our RightLights program, which provides subsidized lighting upgrades and free professional assistance to help companies in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties lower their energy bills and boost their cash flow," said Brian Kimball, operations manager, Ecology Action. "Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions rendered expert assessment of Cow Palace's specific lighting needs, modeled financial projections to show the monetary benefits of energy savings and completed the comprehensive project with no surprises."

About Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc.

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc. is California's "green" lighting provider. Its energy-efficient lighting design reduces energy consumption up to 60 percent by retrofitting existing commercial and industrial lighting. Customers that install dimming devices, occupancy sensors and daylight-harvesting, energy-saving bulbs can reduce energy consumption by an additional 15 to 20 percent. These businesses also report increased worker productivity and satisfaction from enhanced lighting levels. Founded in 2004, Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions helps customers comply with energy codes, earn valuable rebates from their local electric utility providers and qualify for federal tax deductions. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the company has helped customers save 13,424,640 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 3.2 megawatts of demand, thus preventing 29,534,207 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), 214,794 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 926,300 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from being emitted into California's ecosystem. Learn more at or by calling 714-542-5490.

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