AMP 2012 Green Powerstar Awards
Large Commercial Award - Coral Reef Inn & SuitesCoral Reef Inn & Suites is the winner of the Green Powerstar Large Commercial Award for itscomprehensive approach to energy efficiency and resource savings.Each of the hotel’s 95 rooms and main areas received a green makeover with new CFL lighting andhigh efficiency heat pumps.With these changes, Coral Reef Inn & Suites has reduced their total energy consumption by 31% andrealized an annual cost savings of nearly $16,000.They have also received $8,000 energy efficiency rebate from AMP.
Small Commercial Award - The Marketplace
The Marketplace, located on Park Street, is this year’s Green Powerstar Small Commercial Award winner.
The building was retrofitted throughout with high efficiency lighting, and skylight covers were installed to reduce heat gains along with a fan mist system to reduce cooling load.
Additionally, new LED lights and door gaskets were installed in the freezers, refrigerators and ice cream units, and old inefficient evaporator motors were replaced with high-efficiency evaporator motors.
As a result of these changes, The Marketplace received a $14,000 energy efficiency rebate from AMP and is saving nearly $18,000 annually on their power costs.
Youth Award - Evan Lee
Evan Lee, a student at Alameda High School, is the winner of the Green PowerstarYouth Award for a solar installation project at his school.
Evan installed 13 solar-powered lights in four locations on the campus. In planning for the project, Evan took into account not just energy efficiency but also campus safety and cost savings for the schools.
The light modules are self-sustaining and self-contained, requiring no energy from an outside source, and last anywhere from five to 10 years.
This project also helped Evan fulfill his Eagle Scout community service requirements.
Residential Award - The Wu Family
The Green Powerstar Residential Award goes to the Wu Family for their “whole house” approach to increasing their home’s overall energy efficiency.
The family installed 13 solar panels on the roof, totaling 2.7 kilowatts, plus a high-tech,energy-efficient heating and air system, a tankless water heater and an Energy Star clothes washer.
They are also ensuring that the kilowatt hours they generate are used in the most efficient way possible through the installation of compact fluorescent lamps throughout their home and smart power strips for all electronic equipment.
In addition to lowering their electric bill, the Wu’s also received a $5,000 energy efficiency rebate from AMP.