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Xcel Energy Efficiency Awards 2017

Thank you to Xcel Energy, once again, for including The Retrofit Companies in this year's Energy Efficiency Partner Award recipients! This is the 3rd year in a row that TRC has received this award. (See 2015 Award and 2016 Award)

Please read below for their press release and information on the recent awards event:

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Greg Olson of Xcel Energy presents the Energy Efficiency Partner award to Wendy Fry and Jake Andrist on May 4th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (MAY 11, 2017) – Xcel Energy recently recognized 39 Minnesota businesses for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The awards, presented May 4 at Pinstripes in Edina, recognized the top contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs in 2016. These are the top 39 trade partners out of the 1,475 partners working with Xcel Energy.

The rebates submitted by these 39 companies saved customers 81 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 54,000 dekatherms of natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, that’s the equivalent of powering 8,800 homes for a year.

Xcel Energy offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. Through the help of this group of partners, Xcel Energy distributed more than $5 million in energy efficiency rebates for the various projects completed, which is about 15 percent of the total amount of rebates paid in Minnesota by Xcel Energy last year.

The rebates dollars also helped fund capital projects and create jobs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports an 80 percent increase in energy efficiency businesses in Minnesota since 2000 and a 49 percent increase in energy efficiency jobs.

“Xcel Energy’s trade partners are valuable allies that really make these projects happen,” said Greg Olson, Xcel Energy trade relations manager. “They help us reach our aggressive energy conservation goals, save customers money and help them reduce their environmental impact.”

The 39 companies recognized were: Apadana ● Apollo Heating and Ventilating ● Campbell-Sevey Inc. ● Home Service Plus ● Coles Electric, Inc. ● Compressed Air Concepts LLC ● Corporate Mechanical ● Data Center Systems Inc. ● Egan Company ● Energy Management Collaborative ● Graybar – Minneapolis Branch ● Golden Valley Heating & Air ● HomeSmart ● Inflow ● Ingersoll Rand Minnesota ● JIT Energy Services ● John Henry Foster ● Johnson Controls Plymouth ● JT Electric Service Inc. ● Louis Degidio Inc. ● Master Mechanical ● Midwest Mechanical Solutions ● MSP Plumbing, Heating & Air ● Mulcahy Company Inc. ● NHA Heating and Air Conditioning ● Northern Air Corp. ● Noble Conservation Solutions ● Premier Lighting Inc. ● Pronto Heating & Air Conditioning ● Standard Heating & Air Conditioning ● State Supply ● Strebe Energy Services ● The Retrofit Companies ● The Snelling Company ● Trane St. Paul ● UHL Company ● Viking Electric Minneapolis ● Voss Lighting ● Yale Mechanical

For more information on Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency programs, visit www.xcelenergy.com.

 

For additional information on rebates and programs contact us for a consult any time!

Talk to a Consultant About Rebates

Which TRC topics were most popular in 2016?

In 2016, The Retrofit Companies shared over 40 posts and original articles on this blog. Today, we share the topics that were most popular for you to consider whether you are trying to learn more about LED lighting myths or to better understand mercury waste. Keep reading for links to the most popular TRC blog posts of 2016.

We outline the top 4 Myths about LED Lighting in this popular blog post. Learn why all LED products are not created equal, and find out what factors in 2017 make this technology more approachable and affordable than ever.

 

What is the problem with mercury waste? Is it dangerous? How is it processed and recycled? Get these answers and more by reading "Understanding Mercury Waste." 

 

We share 9 Signs You Should Invest in LED Lighting including factors such as the availability of rebates, monthly utility bills that seem too high, and the need to remain nimble in changing business environments. If any of this sounds familiar to you, you may benefit from this helpful article!

 

This video shows exactly what happens in two instances when linear LED T8 lamps are incorrectly installed. Maybe you are considering these products for your efficiency measures in 2017, but we recommend watching this video and learning more about linear LED T8 replacements.

 

In 2016, TRC was given an Energy Efficiency Partner Award from Xcel Energy. Recipients are given the award "for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact." You can see some TRC project case studies on the Xcel Energy website.

 

If you need lighting or recycling service consultations, our staff is ready to help. Contact TRC any time!

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Consult our haz waste team

2017 Xcel Energy Rebate Updates

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Xcel Energy recently shared the 2016/2017 Minnesota Business Rebate structure updates in their newsletter to TRC. Some previously unavailable utility rebate options are now available for LED down light retrofits and for LED screw-in as HID replacements. LED street lighting and area lighting are two Xcel Energy rebate options that are greatly improved for 2017. Keep reading to get the details and find assistance.

You can see this list of rebates in this PDF document, and you can visit Xcel Energy's Business Lighting Efficiency page for information on the program itself. And if this sounds like something you're interested in, and too busy to tackle on your own, we can help! 

TRC is a Business Lighting Efficiency Program Winner and Trade Partner. To learn about how The Retrofit Companies can assist with your lighting project and project rebates, schedule a consult call today!

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Xcel Energy Efficiency Awards 2016

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Jeff Jackson of Xcel Energy presents Energy Efficiency Partner award to Wendy Fry and Jack Jenson on April 13, 2016 (See 2015 Award)

 

Thanks to Xcel Energy for including TRC in this year's group of esteemed Energy Efficiency Partner award recipients for 2016. Read below for their press release and information on the recent awards event:

 

MINNEAPOLIS – Xcel Energy recently recognized 36 Minnesota businesses for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy and reduce their environmental impact. The awards, presented April 13 at Pinstripes in Edina, recognized contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs in 2015. 

The rebates submitted by these 36 companies saved customers 56 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 69,000 dekatherms of natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, that’s the equivalent of powering 3,800 homes for a year.

Xcel Energy offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. Through the help of this group of partners, Xcel Energy distributed more than $5 million in energy efficiency rebates for the various projects completed, which is about 15 percent of the total amount of rebates paid in Minnesota by Xcel Energy last year.

The rebates dollars also helped fund capital projects and create jobs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce reports an 80 percent increase in energy efficiency businesses in Minnesota since 2000 and a 49 percent increase in energy efficiency jobs.

“Xcel Energy’s trade partners are valuable allies that really make these projects happen,” said Jeff Jackson, Xcel Energy trade relations manager. “They help us reach our aggressive energy conservation goals, save customers money and help them reduce their environmental impact.”

 

The 36 companies recognized were:  Apollo Heating and Ventilating ● Cal-Tex Electric Inc. ● Home Service Plus ● Collins Electrical Construction Co. ● Compressed Air Concepts LLC ● Corval Group ● Dakota Supply Group St. Paul ● Data Center Systems Inc. ● Egan Mechanical ● Focus Lighting and Controls Inc. ● Golden Valley Heating & Air ● HomeSmart ● HumeraTech ● Inflow ● Ingersoll Rand Minnesota ● John Henry Foster ● Johnson Controls Plymouth ● Louis Degidio Inc. ● Midwest Mechanical Solutions ● Mulcahy Company Inc. ● NHA Heating and Air Conditioning ● Northern Air Corp. ● Premier Lighting Inc. ● Pronto Heating & Air Conditioning ● Schadegg Mechanical Inc. ● Schwantes Heating and Air Conditioning ● Snelling Company ● Standard Heating & Air Conditioning ● State Supply ● The Retrofit Cos. ● Trane St. Paul ● UHL Company ● Viking Electric Minneapolis ● Voss Lighting ● Warwick Industries ● Werner Electric Cottage Grove

 For more information on Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency programs, visit www.xcelenergy.com.

 

For additional information on rebates and programs contact us for a consult any time!

Talk to a Consultant About Rebates

The Retrofit Companies Receives 2015 Efficiency Partner Award from Xcel Energy!

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Jack Jenson, TRC Lighting & Energy Design Consultant is seen here with Jeff Jackson of Xcel Energy and Zane Kramer, TRC’s Lighting Support Director, accepting the 2015 Energy Efficiency Partner award at an event held in April 2015. 

MINNEAPOLIS – Xcel Energy recently recognized 36 Minnesota businesses for their outstanding efforts to help customers save energy. The awards, presented April 9 at Pinstripes in Edina, recognized contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers that contributed the greatest electricity and natural gas savings to Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs in 2014.   These 36 companies saved customers 56 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 83,000 dekatherms of natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, that’s the equivalent of powering 5,900 homes for a year.  Xcel Energy offers incentives, such as rebates and funding for energy efficiency studies and upgrades, to its business and municipal customers to encourage them to make energy-efficient choices. Through the help of this group of partners, Xcel Energy distributed $5,960,000 in energy efficiency rebates for the various projects completed. (full story here...)

 

Wondering what sort of projects make us “efficiency partners?” Check out these LED lighting project case studies.
 LED Retrofit in a School
LED Lighting in a Factory

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