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Killington upgrades walkway lighting saving thousands

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 saving project.
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 Post.