Energy Efficiency

Published on December 31st, 2015 | by Kyle Field


Spark Fund and Green Lumens Launch Zero-Down LED Program

December 31st, 2015 by  



LEDs-as-a-Service? I know what you might be saying – it seems like everything has an “as-a-service” model these days – is this for real? Yes indeed and we have all the details on how it’s setup and why it might actually make sense to do for many commercial and industrial properties.

First off – retrofitting commercial and industrial properties with LED lighting might make financial sense to do, but at scale, retrofit projects often pose a challenge from a capital standpoint. This is exactly the pain point Green Lumens and SparkFund are looking to eliminate with the newly launched national partnership.  The partnership was designed to eliminate the up-front costs through a no-money-down approach – which conveniently turns project purchases from capital expenditures into operating expenses.

In addition to being able to gap the expenditure as a monthly expense which can more closely be correlated to the reduced maintenance costs for light changes and the electricity savings that the high efficiency LED bulbs enable, leveraging a partner with expertise in LED lighting retrofit solutions can reduce project execution times, purchasing costs, and installation.

The partnership kicks off the LED as-a-service solution with a six-figure high-efficiency LED retrofit project at suburban Atlanta’s Perimeter Place multi-tenant office complex that delivers some impressive numbers. The 60-month operating lease will:

  • Save $62,000 annually
  • Create a net positive cash flow of $2,000 per month, starting on day one
  • Prevent 11,100 pounds of CO2 emissions per year

From this blockbuster pilot installation, the partnership will roll out nationally to the growing market of energy efficiency customers with large building portfolios targeting universities, retail and restaurant chains, hospitals, multi-tenant buildings, and municipalities. The partnership has been designed such that Green Lumens will handle the operational side of the house including installation, and financing will be arranged by SparkFund.

We often tout energy efficiency as the first step that should be taken to reduce carbon/emissions/energy footprints and the same is true in the commercial and industrial sectors. The ACEEE estimates that $279 billion could be invested in building efficiency by the private sector, and the U.S. Department of Energy expects LEDs will represent 82% of commercial sector and 87% of industrial sector lighting sales by 2030.

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  • JamesWimberley

    Weird. Don’t American businesses have any money? Retrofitting LEDs makes financial sense to any building owner, and presents no technical difficulties. Why pay the middleman?

    • Steven F

      For a business with hundreds of employees you are talking a lot of lights. And sometimes it isn’t just a matter replacing a bulb with the LED equivalent. Sometime the fixtures are old and the commonly available led replacements won’t fit. Meaning new fixtures have to be installed. In other cases the original lights are not where they are need and need to be moved. For example in a lot of stock rooms the bulbs are above the shelve while the hall way between shelve has no light fixture and are dark..

      If is was just a mater of swapping bulbs it’s not a big expense. However a bigger job with new light fixtures and repositioning lights will cost more.

    • karrlsam

      Technical difficulties. Getting the right level of illumination with the right ( best ) fixture is not a maintenance dept. job. The technology is changing fast and experience counts.
      Have any money. About a third of all business is always struggling. Buying illumination from a third party at a cost less than the current electric bill is a ‘good thing’

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