Coast Guard Sector North Carolina going green

 

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Hoover and Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Byan, members of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, install new light-emitting diode outdoor lighting at the sector Aug. 16, 2011. The sector implemented the project to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting in order to save more than $25,000 a year in reduced energy and maintenance costs. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

 

Post written by Capt. Anthony Popiel.

In November 2010, Coast Guard Office of Civil Engineering solicited proposals for low cost energy conservation projects to compete for funding from the fiscal year 2011 Facility Energy Efficiency Fund.  Members of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C., submitted a proposal to upgrade the street and parking lot lighting at Base Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach, N.C., from high pressure sodium bulbs to energy-efficient light-emitting diode lighting.  The total cost of the materials to replace all 60 lighting fixtures was estimated to be approximately $77,000 with all labor performed by unit personnel. This projected an estimated savings of more than $25,000 a year in reduced energy and maintenance costs.  Unfortunately, Coast Guard Office of Civil Engineering was unable to award any efficiency funds to the sector for this project.

Determined to find a way to implement this highly worthwhile and cost-effective project, they requested and received $25,000 in self-help funding from the Coast Guard’s 5th District.  This funding enabled members of the sector to upgrade 19 of the lighting fixtures, with an estimated savings of about $8,000 a year.  The new fixtures were installed by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Hoover, Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Byan and Petty Officer 1st Class Roger McMillion, with project design and direction from Cmdr. Derek D’Orazio, Chief Warrant Officer Scott Romero and Sammy Hughes, members of the sector.

The new light-emitting diode outdoor lighting provides the required surface illumination using less energy with improved uniformity, compared to the old high pressure sodium bulbs.  The luminaries have significantly longer life, 50,000 hours or more, compared to only 15,000 to 35,000 hours.  The lights contain no mercury, lead or other known disposal hazards, and it comes on instantly without run-up time or re-strike delay.

Members of Sector North Carolina will continue to aggressively pursue additional funding from all available sources to complete the upgrade of the remaining 41 lighting fixtures at Base Fort Macon in 2012.

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