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Discover how businesses are benefitting from retrofit:

DISTRIBUTOR SAVES $14K/YEAR               WAREHOUSE SAVES $60K/YEAR


Mike and Mike's Organics Inc.

SAVINGS
Project Cost
$56,000
Less: Incentive
$12,925

NET COST
$43,075
Energy Savings
129,250 kWh
Demand Savings
2.6 kW
Estimated Annual Electricity Savings
$14,218

Estimated Payback
3 Years


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Mike and Mike's Organics Inc.

"With the incentive we received, our up-front investment will have paid for itself in 3 years."

Robert Kuenzlen
EVP Mike and Mike's Organics Inc.

In 2014, Mike and Mike's Organics Inc. had big plans - plans to double the size of their certified organic food distribution facility, while minimizing the increase in their electricity costs. All the while, complementing the company's sustainability goals.

TAKING ACTION

Mike and Mike's Organics had worked with Rosetown Central Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd. before and sought their help again. Dan Whitten, General Manager, recommended a custom refrigeration system with 12 compressors. When needed, the compressors turn on one by one to match the cooling capacity required. The electronic controls work to monitor the cooling so only the energy required is used, unlike conventional systems that are all on or all off. LED lights were also installed inside the fridges to further reduce energy consumption.

THINKING SMART

Forklifts buzz in and out of the four 20-foot-tall fridges at Mike & Mike's Organics. Throughout the brightly-lit 43,000-square-foot facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, employees prepare an average of 100 shipments a per day to independent health and natural food grocers across the Greater Toronto Area. Due to the fact that organic food contains no preservatives, the fridges require precise cooling systems in order to maintain optimum freshness. The lights and chillers operate 12 hours a day, six days a week, meaning a constant draw of electricity. The fridges maintain this temperature 24/7/365 days a year. "When we started thinking about adding to our existing floor space in this complex, our top priority was ensuring our electricity costs didn't go through the roof as a result of the expansion," said Kuenzlen.

GETTING RESULTS

With support from Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream), Mike and Mike's Organics submitted an application to the RETROFIT program. "We invested $56,000 for project costs and received an incentive payment from Alectra Utilities for about $13,000. The best part is we'll be able to manage our ongoing electricity costs well after the equipment payback period. It's a wise investment."


Gibson Building Supplies

SAVINGS
Project Cost
$99,500
Less: Incentive
$48,069

NET COST
$51,431
Energy Savings
342,971 kWh
Demand Savings
83.66 kW
Estimated Annual Electricity Savings
$60,000

Estimated Payback
Less than 1 year


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Gibson Building Supplies

"I had expected the incentive might amount to 20 or 30% of our capital cost. I was delighted when it turned out to be 50%."

Lee Whitwell
Controller Gibson Building Supplies

Gibson got the sticker shock of a lifetime when the company moved into a new warehouse location in 2012. "The warehouse had been wired to keep the lights on all day long, and as a result, our first electricity bill was almost $10,000," says Controller Lee Whitwell. "That was the reality check we needed to start reining in our electricity costs. We looked into the RETROFIT PROGRAM, did the math and never looked back."

A BRIGHT DECISION

Gibson Building Supplies provides roofing materials and supplies to residential, industrial and commercial roofing contractors across south-central Ontario. A family-owned business, it was established in 1972 and operates primarily from a central 100,000 square-foot warehouse in Aurora, as well as satellite facilities in Milton and east GTA.

It made more sense for Gibson Building Supplies to upgrade to T8 lights and install overhead motion sensors than to rewire the entire warehouse. Motion sensors mean that today the warehouse is constantly lit when forklift drivers need to load and unload materials, and when activity stops, the lights automatically shut off. "I had expected the incentive might amount to 20 or 30% of our capital cost. I was delighted when it turned out to be 50%. This program is a no-brainer," says Whitwell.

GETTING RESULTS

"Ampower was a pleasure to work with. They worked around our needs and were completely flexible. Within a month, we had the green light from Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream) on the pre- and post-inspections that are part of the application process, and we were good to go. It was time to reap the benefits of our investment," says Whitwell.

TAKING ACTION

An employee of Gibson recommended Ampower Electrical Contractors to oversee the lighting retrofit and manage the application process for the RETROFIT PROGRAM. Ampower installed energy-efficient T8 lighting in the office and warehouse space and 180 occupancy sensors in the warehouse area, allowing Gibson to save approximately $5,000 on its monthly electricity bill.

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