In an era where sustainable practices and energy efficiency have taken center stage, companies are seeking innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint while boosting their bottom line. One such success story comes from the partnership between Carlisle Energy Solutions and Worldwide Produce, where a cutting-edge energy-efficient retrofit not only saved costs but also highlighted the potential for significant environmental impact.
Worldwide Produce, a prominent player in the cold storage industry, recognized the importance of adopting greener technologies to enhance their operations. That’s when they turned to Carlisle Energy Solutions, a company dedicated to transforming cold storage facilities into eco-friendly, high-performance spaces.
The challenge was clear: optimize the energy consumption of Worldwide Produce’s new 180,000 square foot facility, ensuring substantial savings while maintaining top-tier operational standards.
Unveiling the Breakdown
Carlisle Energy Solutions undertook the task with precision, executing a comprehensive retrofit that encompassed both cutting-edge technologies and thoughtful engineering. The numbers speak for themselves:
- Project Cost: The total project investment stood at $165,124, reflecting the commitment to a substantial transformation.
- Incentives and Rebates: Demonstrating the value of energy-efficient initiatives, Worldwide Produce received an impressive $88,315 in incentives from utility partners, further underscoring the potential for savings.
- Net Project Cost: After accounting for the incentives, the net project cost amounted to $76,809 – a solid investment for the long-term gains.
- Annual Savings: The real payoff came in the form of annual dollar savings totaling $87,527. This substantial sum showcases the immediate impact of the retrofit.
- 5-Year Savings Projection: Looking ahead, the projection for 5-year dollar savings is an impressive $437,635 – a figure that not only adds to the company’s profits but also reaffirms its commitment to sustainable practices.
- Year One kWh Reduction: Perhaps the most compelling statistic is the reduction of 631,636.2 kWh in the very first year. This accomplishment demonstrates the project’s alignment with energy-efficient goals.
- Return on Investment (ROI): In less than a year – a mere 0.88 years – the investment will have paid for itself. This not only emphasizes the economic prudence of the project but also serves as a testament to its effectiveness.
Behind the Numbers: The Innovation
At the heart of this success story lies the innovative approach taken by Carlisle Energy Solutions. The project involved the installation of Carlisle ECM Controllers on each of the 18 existing evaporators. But the true magic lay in the retrofitting of each evaporator’s existing motors with Vari-Speed EC Motors – a move that brought precise control and efficiency to the facility’s operations.
The incorporation of 32 P48010 – 480V, 1-Ph, 1.0 Hp, Vari-Speed EC Motors and 24 P480150 – 480V, 3-Ph, 1.5 Hp, Vari-Speed EC Motors, along with 18 ECM-III Controllers, proved to be the game-changer. By seamlessly integrating these advanced components, the facility achieved unparalleled energy optimization while maintaining its performance standards.
A Greener Future Beckons
The Worldwide Produce case study stands as a beacon of hope in the journey toward a greener and more efficient future. It highlights the tangible benefits of embracing energy-efficient practices, not only from a financial standpoint but also from the perspective of environmental responsibility.
As companies around the world seek to balance profitability with sustainability, the success of projects like these serves as a testament to the fact that it’s not just possible but also highly rewarding. Through collaborations between visionary companies like Carlisle Energy Solutions and industry leaders like Worldwide Produce, we can pave the way for a brighter, more energy-efficient tomorrow.