U.S. Ordnance is very appreciative of the NVIE relationship and introductions made related to the energy savings. The NVIE team provided valuable information and timely communication throughout the process.
To assist USO, NVIE introduced the USDA REAP audit and grant program designed to incentivize rural manufacturers to consider upgrades for energy efficiency. NVIE also educated USO on the energy incentives provided by NV Energy (Nevada’s power utility).
NVIE brought in a Certified Energy Manager, to perform an ASHRAE Level 2 audit on the production facility. The audit was partially funded by a grant awarded to NVIE to offset 75% of the audit cost. With the audit complete, U.S. Ordnance was eligible to submit applications to the USDA and NV Energy for grants and incentives toward the implementation of the energy efficient projects. This was a competitive process in which only the most justified energy saving projects were awarded.
With the help of NVIE, U.S. Ordnance had successful applications and received $9,418 in incentives from the local power utility, NV Energy, for the installation of LED lights. The increased brightness on the production floor improved working conditions and increased morale. USO was awarded a $250,000 grant from the USDA that offset nearly 25% of the entire project cost. Additionally, energy usage, maintenance costs, and labor costs were projected at a conservative savings of $311,000 per year. A modest increase in equipment usage will only increase the savings.