Hobie Cat Cuts Energy Costs 20% With Lighting Retrofit
Hobie Cat has completed a lighting retrofit that will save about $24,000 in annual energy costs. The Oceanside, Calif. company manufactures kayaks and catamaran sailboats and has more than 100,000 vessels on the sea. The retrofit cut Hobie Catâ€™s lighting energy consumption by about 20 percent
The retrofit replaced High Intensity Discharge lights with two types of new, energy-saving lights: high-bay fixture lights, which feature six T8 fluorescent lamps, and low-bay fixtures lights which feature four T8 fluorescent lamps which “created a lighter and brighter environment, focusing on illuminating the sail loft, where our sails are built,” says Hugh Greenwald, Hobie Catâ€™s VP of operations. “The workers in this area sew custom Hobie Cat sails by hand. This type of precise hand-craft work requires great precision – and the best possible illumination.”
The project reduced Hobie Catâ€™s energy consumption by 166,011 kWh and 53.2 KW demand with a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 365,224 lbs per year, sulfur dioxide emissions by 2,656 pounds per year and nitrous oxide emissions by 11,454 pounds a year.
The work was done by Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions. Hobie Cat received a rebate from San Diego Gas & Electricâ€™s Express Efficiency program.
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