Funds remain for MEAN commercial lighting program

November 29, 2017

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska’s Commercial LED Lighting Program still has funds available this fiscal year for commercial businesses looking to upgrade to more efficient LED lighting.

The program, in its second year, provides incentive funds for commercial businesses in MEAN long-term total power requirement communities.

The program provides the following lighting option upgrades:

  • Indoor high/low bay lighting
  • LED exit signs
  • Linear replacement or retrofit lighting
  • Incandescent replacement (150 watts or less)
  • Customized requests

The MEAN board of directors approved allocating $75,000 for program funds which are are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of $2,500 per customer/owner for the year. The fiscal year runs from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

To date, there have been 38 projects in 21 communities, which accounts for more than $48,500 in program funds. There has been a diverse mix of projects including municipal buildings, schools, churches and local businesses.

The cities of Burwell and West Point in Nebraska have led the way in projects. Burwell completed nine projects this year and 22 projects last year while West Point has completed four projects this year and seven last year.

“This has been a successful program,” said Member Services Coordinator Amanda Hansen, who serves as administrator of the program. “Saving energy through lighting upgrades is the low-hanging fruit and the more communities can save through energy efficiency, the more it delays having to purchase new electric generation resources.”

A downloadable brochure and application are available by clicking here.