CleanTech's president Bob O'Brien said, "We are thrilled that the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank has responded favorably to our request to create a model building environment and progress our goal of a joint public/private funding model for the center." The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank will receive an exclusive sponsorship for the LaunchPad lighting retrofit at the Cleantech Center, with appropriate acknowledgement signage at the building and on the website.
The lighting retrofit in the warehouse LaunchPad area will be an additional energy-efficient building upgrade at the CleanTech Center. The center previously installed a new roof with enhanced insulation, energy-efficient radiant heating, HVAC controls and use of low VOC paint and recycled carpeting. All equipment, including the upcoming lighting retrofit, is American-made, installed by American workers. The project's payback through electricity use cost savings will occur in 11 months time and reduces the CleanTech Center's electricity use by an impressive 53 percent. Additional benefits are a 50 percent increase in lumen output, a measurement of the total amount of visible light emitted, which improves occupancy and job creation at the center. The CleanTech Center's community focus is the commercialization and use of sustainable products and services and the job growth that accompanies it.
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