CGE Energy LED Lighting Saves Ford Dealer $400k

BRIGHTON — CGE Energy of Brighton said Friday it has saved Royal Oak Ford more than $400,000 through installation of LED lighting from Cree.

CGE said dealership owner Eddie Hall were interested to learn how they could cut energy costs at the dealership’s four locations — the main lot, two used car lots and Royal Car Rental.

CGE surveyed the dealership’s existing lighting layout and designed a lighting system capable of rendering more light output while reducing the total number of lighting fixtures in use by 56 percent, cutting the total number of fixtures from 168 to 94.

The new fixtures feature bright, energy-efficient Cree LED lighting. The new setup reduced lighting energy use by 71 percent, saving the dealership $3,461 a month in energy and maintenance costs. These savings along with a $20,800 rebate will save the dealership nearly half a million dollars over the next 10 years.

Royal Oak Ford also joined CGE Energy’s R.A.M.P. lighting maintenance program. CGE Energy will cover the upkeep of all parking lot fixtures as well as 50,000 square feet of interior showroom.

Besides LED lighting, CGE also offers customers its patented Wind-e20 wind turbine and solar power installations from Solar World. The company merged with longtime wind energy developer McKenzie Bay International Jan. 31.

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