NYIRN North Brooklyn Energy Grants
In 2007, The New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN) launched a grant program designed to help manufacturing companies reduce and stabilize energy costs through the use of simple, inexpensive energy conservation measures. The North Brooklyn Energy Grant (NBEG) program was initiated as part of the effort to retain industrial businesses and jobs in North Brooklyn and grows out of an agreement between the City Council and the Mayor. NYIRN awarded grants to 21 companies employing a total of 1,458 New Yorkers. Grants were used for projects ranging from lighting upgrades to the installation of cogeneration units. As a result of the North Brooklyn Energy Grant Program, over 2 MW of energy were taken off the grid.
(Note: Funding for NBEG is closed. Please visit Renewable New York for more information.)
Bright Power provided services to many NBEG recipients, including the following:
A to Z Kosher Meats is a meat processing plant. Refrigeration equipment contributed to the facility's high energy consumption, resulting in energy costs of approximately $100,000 per year.
Bright Power installed refrigeration control devices on the refrigeration systems in the plant. These controls allow the systems to run more efficiently and still deliver the required level of cooling. Additional energy-saving strategies implemented at the facility included new, efficient air-conditioning units and upgraded lighting equipment.
Before grants and incentives, the cost of the efficiency upgrade (controllers on the refrigeration system, air-conditioning, lighting) had a payback of less than 5 years. The final payback time of the upgrade after the grants and incentives is less than 2 years.
Installation: Hussmann/Ingersoll Rand (refrigeration controllers), Energy Conservation and Supply (Lighting)
Angel’s Bakery is a muffin, cake, and cookie bakery. The facility's equipment includes industrial systems such as ovens, air compressors, and fluorescent lighting as well as office equipment such as computers, vending machines, and security camera monitors.
Bright Power outfitted the refrigeration compressor with refrigeration control devices in order to reduce its energy consumption while maintaining refrigeration levels. New, high-efficiency fluorescent lighting was installed throughout the facility, with occupancy sensors on the lighting for certain rooms and on vending machines. Television and computer monitors were replaced with more efficient flat-screen LCD monitors. The total cost of the efficiency upgrades had a payback of approximately 3 years. The North Brooklyn Energy Grant from NYIRN covered the entire cost of improvements to the facility.
Installation: Hussmann/Ingersoll Rand and Duke Supply Company.
Daedalus Design & Construction builds and paints scenery and props for theatre, television, trade shows, and film.
In the workshop and tool room, the dated fluorescent and HID metal halide lights were replaced with high-efficiency T-8 florescent lights. For added energy savings, occupancy sensors were installed to control the lights in the office space and kitchen, and outdated CRT monitors were replaced with high-efficiency flat-panel LCD monitors. The total cost of work had an approximate payback of 3 ½ years, and was covered by the NBEG grant.
Martel Design & Fabrication produces specialized furniture design, high-end architectural metal work, and contemporary lighting. Their facility in northern Brooklyn includes workshops for wood, metal, and plastics as well as a showroom for clients.
Bright Power's improvements included upgrading the fluorescent lighting fixtures in the workshop to high-efficiency T-8 lighting and replacing HID metal halide bulbs with high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs. The spray room was outfitted with an occupancy sensor, and the CRT computer monitor was replaced with an LCD monitor. To improve temperature control in the workspace, openings in the ceiling were closed and additional insulation was installed. An additional lighting improvement was the installation of solar tubes to direct daylight from the skylights into the workshop area. The total payback on the work was about 2 ½ years.
Martel Design & Fabrication received $mart Equipment Choice incentives from NYSERDA.