Richland County receives $5,000 grant from the State Energy Office in a program called Richland Saves. The funding will jump start a pilot project at Public Works that will replace fluorescent bulbs with LED fixtures.
Richland County will conduct a pilot project to upgrade the florescent fixtures to LED fixtures as funding allows. As LED technology has improved greatly over the last several years, the Public Works building acts as a perfect test facility for interior LED retrofits. Richland County will replace 44 T8 fluorescent fixtures with 2 lamp 44W LED troffer retrofit kits.
The LED fixtures have a cooling multiplier in the warmer months that will allow additional HVAC energy reductions that will shorten the payback period. The operation and maintenance cost should also be reduced for the LED fixtures allowing County electricians the ability to spend precious time on keeping systems running efficiently. County electricians will install the fixtures. Directly purchasing the fixtures and completing this work using existing staff hours will save the county from additional costs and keep the payback period low.