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The Brampton Civic Centre Powers Up with Lighting System Upgrades and $22,000 in Annual Electricity Savings

With a goal to reduce energy costs across City of Brampton buildings and facilities, the Business Planning Division in the Building and Property Management Department completed its largest lighting retrofit project in 2012 with the 220,000 square foot Civic Centre that was originally built in the 1970s.
The majority of the lighting system in the Brampton Civic Centre had not been upgraded since it was built over four decades ago. “The Civic Centre’s existing lighting system was less efficient than today’s more effi cient technologies and installing new lighting would generate significant energy savings for the city of Brampton,” said Saleh Daei, Energy Specialist with the City’s Buildings and Property Management, Energy Management Section.

“With the incentive from Brampton Hydro, we developed a strong business case to replace the existing lighting system and achieve significant savings in electricity costs,” said Daei. “With this project we were also retrofitting an older less efficient lighting system that was more costly to operate with one that would save money over the long term.”
More than 1,000 fluorescent fixtures with T12 bulbs and magnetic ballasts were retrofi tted with T8 bulbs and electronic ballasts. An additional 200 incandescent bulbs were replaced by CFL bulbs. Over 200 down light fixtures and 45 high-bay mercury vapour fixtures were replaced with new LED fixtures.

The Energy Group showed that because of the cost savings generated from a new energy efficient lighting system and a signifi cant financial incentive from the Save on Energy Retrofit Program, an investment in energy efficient lighting was a great financial decision.

The $110,000 project will generate $22,000 in annual energy savings and have a payback period of just over 3 years with the Save on Energy incentive. “When Brampton Hydro completes its verification process, the total incentive is expected to be about $30,000,” Daei said.

The Brampton Energy Management group is also moving ahead on other energy efficiency projects. It has a three-year retrofit and commissioning plan for all the city buildings, as well as an ongoing development of specific initiatives such as installing solar panels at several Brampton Transit facilities and Fire Stations. “Incentives play an important role in building the business case for all Brampton energy efficiency projects,” expressed Daei.
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