Metro casts new lights on meeting center
By Andy Giegerich
Business Journal staff writer
Oregon Convention Center officials believe that building's new ultra-efficient lighting scheme will save more than $130,000 in operating costs yearly.
Workers have begun replacing about 2,000 light bulbs and fixtures in the state’s primary meeting facility. The $760,000 project is being funded by federal stimulus funds and incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy, as well as the regional government Metro.
Metro, which oversees the facility, is kicking in $125,000 for the efforts.
The building is switching to a mix of induction and LED lighting along with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Metro expects the new fixtures and lights will decrease energy usage by at least half.
Metro expects the lights’ efficiency and longer lifetime will decrease the building’s annual energy usage by 2.7 million kilowatt hours.
The 1 million-square-foot convention center hosts 650 events that attract more than 700,000 visitors annually. The building earned a “silver” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ranking in 2008.
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