Coca-Cola reduces electricity consumption by 5.6 million kWh a year in California facilities

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is nearly complete with a major lighting retrofit project to reduce energy consumption in its California facilities. The project will decrease CCE’s energy consumption for lighting by 5.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, with the potential to decrease 113 million kilowatt-hours during the 20-year life of the new system. This is enough electricity to power 537 homes annually. The project has earned CCE the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award, which was presented by Orion’s executive vice president Michael Potts to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ executives during a ceremony at its Downey, Calif., production facility.

The project has earned CCE the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award, which was presented today by Orion’s executive vice president Michael Potts to Coca-Cola Enterprises’ executives during a ceremony at its Downey, Calif., production facility.

The project entailed replacing more than 4,000 high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lights with Orion’s Compact Modular, high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) system at 24 Coca-Cola Enterprises facilities throughout California. CCE also has installed solar power-generating panels on the roof of its Los Angeles facility, has committed to make all sales and marketing equipment on average 20% more energy efficient by 2010, and has 10 hybrid electric trucks delivering product to customers throughout Los Angeles. In all, CCE has 142 hybrid electric delivery trucks, giving it the largest fleet of heavy-duty hybrid delivery trucks in North America.

Coca-Cola Enterprises has established five strategic focus areas, three of which — energy conservation/climate change, water stewardship and sustainable packaging/recycling — are related to the environment. CCE remains focused on conserving water in its operations and is in the process of installing water-efficient technology such as container rinsers that use ionized air rather than water, silicon-based dry lubricants on its production lines and water reclamation upgrades. Additionally, the company has worked to increase recycling rates nationwide through the work of Coca-Cola Recycling.

As a result of the 5.6 million kWh annual reduction generated from the lighting retrofit, Coca-Cola Enterprises will help to divert 3,715 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Also, Coca-Cola Enterprises will reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide released by 15 tons per year, and the amount of nitrogen oxides by 5 tons per year. The power use reduction is the airscrubbing equivalent of planting a 1,038-acre forest or the energy equivalent of saving 466,962 gallons of gasoline each year.

The environmental benefits and energy cost savings of the Coca-Cola Enterprises project are possible because Orion fixtures are engineered based on the dual principles of optimizing input energy and maximizing lighting output. Orion’s patented high-intensity fluorescent lighting platform uses about 50% less energy and provides 50% more light than traditional high-intensity discharge lights, which have been the industry norm since about 1960. Orion systems turn on instantly, provide a more natural type of light, and operate at a relatively cool 110°.

Orion’s energy-efficient technology platform includes its Compact Modular high-intensity fluorescent lighting system, the InteLite wireless control system and the direct renewable Apollo solar light pipe, all of which are installed as an integrated system in the Downey facility warehouse. The integrated system was internationally recognized with the Platts Global Energy award for the single most innovative and sustainable technology of 2008. The system can reduce energy consumption for lighting in a commercial/industrial facility for up to 10 hours a day during daylight hours when the electric grid is operating at or near peak capacity.

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