New LED parking lot lights at Dodd Stadium will save money

Norwich — Norwich Public Utilities, the city and the Connecticut Tigers partnered this summer on a project to install new, energy-efficient lighting in the parking lot at the Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium.

The project, which had a budget of $44,278, involved replacing 36 outdated streetlights with high-efficiency LED lights, qualifying the project for a rebate of $15,497 from NPU. The project was paid for by the city, which received the rebate from NPU.

In addition to the higher-quality lighting, Connecticut Tigers will save more than $11,000 on the annual energy bill for use of the lights. The city Stadium Authority pays the electric bill initially, and then is reimbursed by the team, City Comptroller Josh Pothier said.

The new equipment will decrease the stadium’s electric use by more than 70,000 kilowatt hours each year, NPU spokesman Chris Riley said.

“NPU was happy to work with the Tigers and the Stadium Authority on a project that will have both immediate and long-term benefits,” said Fawn Walker, who manages NPU commercial accounts, in a news release announcing the rebate. “The investment in LED lights in the parking lot will improve visibility while using less electricity.”

NPU provides rebates to business customers for replacing traditional incandescent lighting with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and high-efficiency T8 linear fluorescent tubes. Eligible projects receive rebates of 35 percent from NPU for the purchase of high-efficiency lamps and ballasts. NPU also offers a no-interest loan program for lighting upgrades with local lenders.

For information about the rebate programs, contact Walker at NPU at (860) 823-4153.

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