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CUSTOMER: Three Rivers Distributing  

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Entergy Arkansas Small Business Program helps companies like Three Rivers Distributing achieve significant, long-term electricity savings through the use of local contractors and implementation of energy efficiency upgrade projects. Realizing the potential savings, Ritch Schwartz, facility manager at Three Rivers Distributing, enlisted the help of the Small Business Program team and Gilliam Electric, a local contractor.

THE PROJECTS

During an on-site walk-through assessment of the facility, the program team identified 82 outdated lighting fixtures -- 69 interior and 13 exterior. To achieve maximum savings, Gilliam Electric replaced these fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescent lamps with low ballast factors and substituted all mercury vapor and incandescent bulbs with CFLs. Additionally, Gilliam installed lighting controls to further reduce energy use.

THE RESULTS

By replacing its inefficient lighting fixtures, Three Rivers Distributing will save about 49,112 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year -- that's equivalent to eliminating the carbon emissions from the electricity use of 4.2 homes for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. What's more notable is that the incentive the company earned paid for 70 percent of the total project cost, resulting in a simple payback of only one year and two months. 

To learn more about how the Small Business Program can help your company, contact the Energy Efficiency Solutions Center at 877-212-2420 or visit entergyarkansas.com/smallbusiness.

PROJECT AT A GLANCE

Total peak kW reduction: 8.77 kW

Annual kWh reduction: 49,112 kWh

Total fixtures replaced: 82

Estimated annual savings: $3,500

Total project incentive: $9,326

Payback period: 14 months