Direct Efficiency Program Helps Airport Meet Energy Goals

With no upfront capital required, a regional airport reduced energy and maintenance costs, improved customer experience, and optimized operational safety.

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Duke Energy

Direct Efficiency Program

CASE STUDY:

CONCORD-PADGETT REGIONAL AIRPORT

Project Profile

With over 100,000 square feet of hangar space and 24/7 operations, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport serves as a gateway to the Concord/Charlotte area as well as a provider of hangar service for multiple sports teams, corporate general aviation and three flight schools. Entering its 27th year in operation, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport completed a lighting retrofit project with Duke Energy One’s Direct Efficiency® to promote safety and add cost-efficient, visibly impressive lighting.

The Challenge

As Concord-Padgett Regional Airport expanded its facilities to add hangar space, its leadership team aggressively sought efficiencies to save money. The airport was spending too much on HID ballasts and bulbs each year, and the city had changed 90% of lighting to LED. Since the airport is city-owned, Duke Energy One helped Concord-Padgett Regional Airport prepare its justification presentation for city government approval.

The Solution

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport worked with a dedicated Duke Energy One Business Energy Advisor to explore their options for lighting upgrades. Once a proposal was approved, the old lighting was replaced with impressively brighter, high-efficiency LED lighting in their hangar facilities – with no upfront capital and minimal disruption – through Duke Energy One’s Direct Efficiency program.

Direct Efficiency Lighting Program

The Direct Efficiency program is a solution that allows customers to implement energy-efficient projects with no upfront capital. Through Duke Energy One’s network of preferred efficiency providers, we fund, develop, construct and maintain energy efficiency upgrades for commercial and industrial customers. Once operational, we meter and track the actual energy savings. Customers make service payments based on a portion of monthly savings, resulting in immediate reduced operating expenses. Customers get new lights with zero upfront costs and immediate savings.

The Details

It was critical for Concord-Padgett Regional Airport to find a lighting solution that would promote safety and enhance the customer experience. The airport consulted with Duke Energy One to explore a cost-effective solution for lighting upgrades that minimized maintenance and installation expense. With Direct Efficiency, maintenance costs were included, and no upfront costs were incurred.

“We’re all about finding and improving city savings any way we can. Direct Efficiency is the optimal way to accomplish our energy and savings goals without interrupting daily operations.”

Bill Sherrill, Buildings & Grounds
& Electrical Maintenance Supervisor,
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport

The Results

Duke Energy One installed energy-efficient lighting throughout the facilities at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport, including hangars that store aircraft for sports teams, hangars for multimillion-dollar corporate aircraft and areas of public use for customers – all with no upfront costs. For Concord-Padgett Regional Airport, better LED lighting helps to minimize the risk of incidents to aircraft and hangars, especially in working environments where crews perform maintenance on the planes. The newly installed lights also benefit the staff who work in the hangar offices.

Direct Efficiency at the airport is projected to save 572,360 kWh per year, which equates to $47,649 in energy cost savings per year. The airport also believes that the upgrades will help minimize incidents associated with refueling and repositioning of multimillion- dollar aircraft.

Duke Energy One will track the airport’s energy savings through the remainder of the seven-year contract, billing them only for a portion of their monthly savings. The Direct Efficiency program will continue to help Concord-Padgett Regional Airport reduce energy and maintenance costs, improve customer experience, optimize operational safety, and most importantly, free up capital to help with their continued expansion.

Future Goals

Now that the Direct Efficiency program has been expanded to include HVAC optimization, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport looks forward to meeting with their Duke Energy One Business Energy Advisor to explore additional energy efficiency opportunities.

How can we help you?

Visit duke-energy.com/direct-efficiency, call us at 844.343.0833
or email DirectEfficiency@duke-energy.com to learn more.

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