SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods and Groom Energy, Salem, Mass., today announced the completion of an LED lighting retrofit at Big Y’s distribution facility here that will reduce energy use by 75%.
The upgrade replaced existing T5- and T8-based fluorescent lighting systems, both within the dry and cooled areas, and will reduce annual energy consumption by more than 521,833 kilowatt hours. This initiative will eliminate more than 4,000 pounds of carbon annually.
Groom Energy worked closely with the Big Y energy management team to design, test, and install the upgrade. The system is based on LED products from Digital Lumens, a Boston-based LED systems manufacturer. The project was supported by financial incentives from Western Massachusetts Electric.
“We’re very pleased with the results of our lighting upgrade project,” said Gary Kuchyt, manager, energy & sustainability at Big Y Foods, in a statement. “It has been a successful collaboration from the onset and will help us to dramatically reduce our energy costs. A great outcome for our company and our customers.”