DePaul University employs LED lighting to help cut energy use by 60% and improve safety

Sept. 20, 2010
Date Announced: 20 Sep 2010 Sarasota, Fla. - Sunovia Energy announced today that DePaul University is the latest university to install its energy-efficient EvoLucia® LED lights. DePaul, the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, non-profit university in the Midwest, replaced 210-watt metal halide lights in the Sheffield parking garage on its Lincoln Park campus in Chicago with 90-watt EvoLucia® LEDs. The new lights use less than half the energy of the previous lights, and will save the University thousands of dollars per year in energy and maintenance costs while providing more uniform light on the ground and increased visibility and campus safety.In addition to using 60% less energy, the lights are designed to be maintenance-free, requiring no bulb replacements for approximately six years. LED lights are extremely durable and robust in challenging environments, such as high-traffic outdoor areas. The vast reduction in maintenance needs shortens the payback period, allowing DePaul to realize a quicker return on their investment in the energy-efficient lighting."Parking garages are an ideal application for energy-saving LED lighting, given that parking garage lights are on 24 hours per day, seven days per week," said Jim Perkins, vice president of global sales for Sunovia. "In addition to consuming less than half the energy, LED lights are more durable than traditional metal halide lights, making them ideal to stand up to the constant vibration of traffic. By choosing EvoLucia LED lights, DePaul will enjoy savings in both energy usage and maintenance while increasing the visibility and light quality in their campus garage." Ernie Nathan of Illinois Solar Products facilitated the sale of the EvoLucia lights to DePaul. Illinois Solar Products is a distributor for several manufacturers of lighting products to a variety of customers. The company conducts a thorough study of the customer's energy usage and then designs short and long-term strategies for energy savings, providing a detailed "return on investment" spreadsheet. They also complete all paperwork for applicable rebates and credits."After seeing the outstanding performance the EvoLucia lights achieved at such a low input wattage, I knew they were the ideal solution for our customer, DePaul University," said Nathan. "It is our goal to provide the best possible energy-saving products at the most competitive prices – and that is exactly what EvoLucia allowed us to do for DePaul.""DePaul's LED lighting program is one of many environmentally sustainable efforts the university has implemented across our campuses in recent years," said Bob Janis, vice president for Facility Operations in a statement to Cree, Inc., sponsor of the LED University program of which DePaul is now a member. "DePaul is committed to preserving resources for future generations and continuing a variety of eco-friendly initiatives that have garnered national recognition in recent years."About DePaul UniversityWith more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, non-profit university in the Midwest. The university offers approximately 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two Chicago campuses, four suburban campuses and three international locations. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. For more information, visit Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.Sunovia Energy Technologies is a Sarasota, FL-based clean-tech company specializing in LED lighting design and manufacturing.Sunovia's LED lighting division, EvoLucia, Inc., designs and manufactures high-efficiency, environmentally friendly and award-winning LED lights that employ proprietary, patent-pending technology. EvoLucia LED lights achieve the highest Energy Star® Fitted Target Efficacy (FTE) scores in the industry and are among the most cost and energy-efficient lights in the world.

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