Modell’s Sporting Goods has installed Lime Energy’s equiptment monitor and control system on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at all of its 132 stores in 11 states. The chain wide installation included a total of 578 eMAC units totaling an energy reduction of approximately 7.4 million kilowatt hours per year, or an estimated 17 percent energy savings. Lime’s Maximum Performance Group had projected energy savings of seven percent.
The installations should save $840,000 a year based on “energy cost avoidance” at an average price of electricity in the region of 12 cents per kilowatt hour, according to calculations by MPG.
The amount of electrical energy saved is enough to power 545 households for a year, according to MPG.
Following successful testing at a Philadelphia area store, Modell’s extended the trial to another 10 locations which, once again, produced favorable results. The company then expanded its installation program to include 27 stores and 112 eMAC units as part of a project involving utility incentive funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Last year the companies announced a full chain wide roll out.
“We’ve found the eMAC technology to be very helpful to us in our operations by reducing our electrical consumption, maintaining a very comfortable shopping environment, and helping us diagnose repairs while controlling those costs because of the sophistication of the equipment and the monitoring done by the MPG group,” stated Dave Fletcher, Executive Vice President for Modell’s. “The savings were so good we were able to internally justify the rate of return we need to make a mass purchase and thus, we approved installation of the system in all of our existing outlets as well as in all new construction.”