NASHVILLE — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) honored Pee Dee Electric last week, with the Association’s Community Service Award for Energy Efficiency.
The award was presented by NRECA at their annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Consistent with electric cooperatives’ longstanding commitment to saving their members money through greater efficiency, Pee Dee Electric developed a program to install more efficient lighting at local poultry and livestock facilities, offering rebates to members who purchase the new bulbs.
“This program exemplifies the cooperative difference: Pee Dee Electric is looking out for their members, finding innovative technologies to help them save electricity and money,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.
Cooperatives have been exploring a wide range of new technologies to help agricultural members improve efficiency. New agricultural lighting offers a significant opportunity for cutting electricity use by members.
For its part, Pee Dee Electric is able to bank the savings in the form of credits needed to comply with North Carolina’s energy efficiency requirement. Through the program, Pee Dee Electric made high-efficiency agricultural lighting available to farmers to replace existing incandescent bulbs in poultry houses and livestock barns. The LED bulbs pay for themselves in six months.
To date, Pee Dee Electric has sold 102,000 of these energy-efficient bulbs to more than 542 farmers across North Carolina. The calculated daily savings for the average poultry house that replaces 60-W incandescent bulbs with 8-W LED bulbs is 82.4 Kwh per day.
Accepting the award on behalf of Pee Dee Electric was Todd Moore, who developed and managed the efficiency program.