Town energy coordinator Todd Kowalczyk and energy volunteers
Marty Post and Mike Hodulik have been instrumental in helping the
Town complete an upgrade on the walkway lights to save thousands of
dollars in costs.
The committee has managed a grant from the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, and using Efficiency
Vermont rebates, enabled the town to replace about 35 of the 90
walkway lights with energy efficient LED fixtures at no cost to the
Town. Although the goal is to replace the remainder of those lights
as soon as possible, funding for that effort will need to wait for
availability of additional funding, or local sponsors.
Twenty-six of these new fixtures have already been installed on
our existing poles beginning at the upper end of the walkway just
below the Basin Ski Shop. Another 10 fixtures will be
installed next month to complete the initial phase of this energy
These LED use about 25% of the energy of the existing metal halide
fixtures. In addition, as part of this initial effort, the
Committee intends to install timers that will allow the Town to
control when the walkway lights turn on and off. Although the
entire project would save about $7,000 per year in energy costs
from the almost $10,000 per year the Town is now spending, this
initial phase will save over $2,800 per year. In addition to
the energy saving, additional benefits will be obtained by the
projected minimum 50,000 hour LED life.
"Todd, Marty and Mike have been terrific volunteers to the Town.
Their work will help us save thousands on energy costs in the
upcoming years and I'm looking forward to working with them on
additional projects," said Seth Webb, town manager.
Craven Electric has been competitively awarded a contract to
furnish and install the new fixtures.
The energy committee is looking forward to future projects with
potential for significant energy/cost savings. For additional
information please contact Seth Webb, Todd Kowalcyzk, or Marty