Cam-Air, LLC is a recipient of the 2016 PEP Environmental Stewardship Award!
Camair September 03 20174
Every year, the Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) recognize companies for their proactive & innovative stewardship in sustainability. These companies are large & small, typically heavy commercial and industrial operations that span the Mobile and Lower Alabama region. Not only do these companies do their part to reduce their carbon footprint, but slash operational costs that goes straight to their bottom line. Some companies perform an LED lighting retrofit, others find ways to recycle pallets & bulk materials and Alabama Power is on the path to capturing carbon within their Barry Coal Plant.
Cam-Air was honored to be one of the 2016 PEP Environmental Stewardship Award recipients. The specific project that propelled Cam-Air to this recognition was an energy efficient lighting upgrade within the Merchants Transfer Company–Western Warehouse. The numbers within this lighting retrofit are staggering:
Return on Investment: 1.95 years
Power Reduction: 340,715 kWh displaced annually
Pollutant Avoidance: 209 tons of airborne pollutants avoided annually
Energy Conservation: equates to planting 63 acres of trees annually
Beyond the ‘meat and potato’s’ of energy & maintenance savings, this was a special project for various reasons. This project allowed Cam-Air to really show off the various tools & services that make this company stand above all the rest. For starters, Cam-Air worked closely with Ben & Mac Taul, owners of Merchants Transfer Company, and presented various lighting solutions that met their needs to reduce energy costs and eliminate maintenance headaches. “We looked at our power bill and noticed we were spending a lot more money at the Western Warehouse compared to our other facilities…something had to be done” said Mac Taul of Merchants Transfer. The free energy audit that Cam-Air provides all prospects & customers was thorough and complete–leaving no stone un-turned.
Merchants Transfer & Cam-Air worked with their local Alabama Power representative to create a lighting ‘game plan’ where all parties would be comfortable proceeding with the project. Alabama Power has multiple representatives in the Mobile/Baldwin County area, focusing on providing energy efficient audits and solutions for their commercial & residential customers. Commercial account supervisor, Rudd Schultz states “our goal is to assist each and every one of our customers with their Alabama Power bills. We start with reviewing their billable class all the way to an audit of their facility. If there is something we can do to save them money and promote energy efficiency, we will point them in the right direction.”
Once the project layout and costs were put in place, the Tauls inquired about Cam-Air’s unique financing option. Cam-Air has third party energy financing firms that provide 24-60 month green lease agreements, or “GLA” with rates between 6-8%. Since Cam-Air is an approved partner with the AlabamaSaves program, they partner with them to “buy down” the interest rate, lowering this all the way to 1-2%. There is not an energy efficient incentive program in lower Alabama, but this program is the closest thing to it. On larger projects, lowering your interest rate by 5% can save the customer $40,000-$60,000 over the term of the loan–that’s better than any incentive program in the United States. Merchants Transfer Company financed this energy efficient lighting project at 1% over a 48 month term. Before the project, the Tauls were spending around $4,500.00 a month on their Alabama Power bill. Once the new lighting project was integrated, their bill sank down to $2,000.00 a month. The monthly GLA payment was $1,500.00, so that left the Tauls with a $1,000.00 a month and $12,000.00 a year positive cash flow. Not too shabby.
The Tauls were able to integrate a brand new, energy efficient lighting system, which not only slashed their electric bill, and eliminated maintenance, but they didn’t have to pay any money out of their own pocket. They actually injected an additional $12,000.00 into their operational cash flow. It’s almost as if they got paid to improve their lighting, which also improves production and increases the safety within the warehouse–two (2) big assets an energy efficient lighting upgrade provides that is rarely mentioned. Ben Taul stated “Cam-Air was a great company to work with. The installation process was extremely quick and we began seeing savings on our energy bill within the first month after the retrofit”. The new lighting system consisted of 211 fixtures, versus the existing quantity of 352-400 watt metal halides.
Merchants Transfer Company is not alone in the realization of how beneficial and truly valuable these energy upgrades to their company. Cam-Air has integrated energy efficient technologies in various applications, large & small–all creating a tremendous outcome for the customer: enhanced workplace environment, large savings and reducing their carbon footprint.
PEP heard about the sustainability waves Cam-Air was creating and recognized the energy efficient firm with an environmental stewardship award on April 16, 2016. Other winners present during the ceremony included the City of Mobile, Honeywell UOP, Arkema, Envirochem, Alabama Power–Barry Plant and the Project Design Group, among a few others. All of these winners excelled in taking positive strides within the Gulf Coast’s bottom line: economically, environmentally and socially.