NEEP receives DOE Partner Recognition for work through DesignLights Consortium project

Date Announced: 09 Dec 2013

LEXINGTON, MA - At the DOE Solid-State Lighting Market Introduction Workshop in November, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) with Special Recognition as an LED Lighting Facts® program partner. They highlighted NEEP for its dedication to advance and promote the LED lighting industry through its project, the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC). The DLC promotes quality, performance, and energy-efficiency in commercial-sector lighting solutions through collaboration among its stakeholders. These are federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members throughout the United States and Canada, as well as luminaire manufacturers, lighting testing labs, lighting designers, and other industry advisors.

The Solid-State Lighting Qualified Products List (SSL QPL), a DLC-administered listing of LED luminaires that meet strict energy efficiency and performance criteria is DLC’s central resource. The DLC QPL is a tool for energy efficiency programs to distinguish quality commercial-sector SSL products from the rest. It also serves as a resource for information and technical requirements that set a bar for performance and efficacy for SSL manufacturers to meet.

The LED Lighting Facts program’s mission is to ensure that SSL products are represented accurately in the market. LED Lighting Facts partners commit to supporting the improvement of the quality of SSL products as well as pledge to use the LED Lighting Facts label. Much like a food’s nutrition label highlights the food’s nutrients, serving size, and calories, the LED Lighting Facts label documents the performance of lighting products that program partners, sell, distribute, or promote.

Since July 2012, DLC requires manufacturers to list their products with LED Lighting Facts as an initial step in the DLC QPL application process. Furthermore, DLC analyzes the program’s verified technical product data to determine whether a product meets the DLC QPL criteria. In the fast moving SSL market, the collaboration with LED Lighting Facts has resulted in a larger database of reliable product information for utilities and their customers.

“We are honored to be recognized by DOE for our partnership with the LED Lighting Facts program for a second time. Working together DLC and Lighting Facts save time and effort, but mainly this collaboration helps our customers save more energy, more reliably. The solid state lighting market and technology are expanding like nothing we’ve seen before, and there’s no sign of slowing down,” said NEEP’s Commercial Programs Manager Jon Linn.

“Customers, lighting designers, equipment manufacturers, utilities depend on resources like LED Lighting Facts and DLC to make the right choices and assure quality and efficiency in their lighting systems. We are aware of the responsibility we carry to keep a high standard of quality in the tools we provide to these market players and we are certain that a continued partnership with DOE allows us all to better serve our customers.”

ABOUT NEEP
NEEP is a non-profit organization that transforms the way we use and think about energy. Through advocacy, collaboration and education we focus on three areas where we believe energy efficiency can have the greatest impact: buildings, high efficiency products & best practices. Our unique approach helps bring together all stakeholders to accelerate energy efficiency and highlight its impacts on the region, the economy, and the planet. For more information, visit www.neep.org.

ABOUT DESIGNLIGHTS CONSORTIUM
The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) is a project of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), that promotes quality, performance and energy efficient commercial sector lighting solutions through collaboration among its federal, regional, state, utility, and energy efficiency program members; luminaire manufacturers; lighting designers and other industry stakeholders throughout the U.S. and Canada. Over its 14 year history the DLC program has driven the lighting market towards innovation by providing information, education, tools and technical expertise for cutting edge technologies. Since 2010, the DLC has administered the Qualified Products List (QPL), a leading resource that distinguishes quality, high efficiency LED products for the commercial sector. Today, the QPL sets the bar for efficiency program incentives across the U.S. and Canada while informing manufacturer product development.

Contact:
Fritzi Peiper, Design Lights Consortium Marketing Associate
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
781-860-9177 Ext. 123
fpeiper@neep.org

www.designlights.org
On Twitter: @DesignLightsSSL



Contact
Lisa Cascio, public relations manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships +1-781-860-9177 Ext. 137

E-mail:lcascio@neep.org

Web Site:www.neep.org

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