With resident services and costs a top priority, the Meadow Pointe I community in Wesley Chapel retrofitted its recreation areas with LED light fixtures. The efficiency upgrade not only saves 11,826 kWh annually, it also earned Meadow Pointe I the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) March Triple E Award--for Energy Efficiency Efforts.
“Meadow Pointe I, a Community Development District (CDD), offers its residents a broad range of community-related services to help ensure the highest quality of life,” PSC Chairman Julie Brown said. “The community is now enjoying reduced light pollution and $1,400 in annual energy savings by switching to LED lighting, and we’re happy to recognize their efforts.”
To date, Meadow Point I has upgraded the lighting at its four tennis courts, pool decks, and parking lots. Tampa Electric Company also completed an energy audit for the community’s facilities in September 2015, and the CDD applied for two air conditioning (cooling) rebates from Tampa Electric in 2016. The cooling project’s energy savings is estimated at $326 a year, with a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Besides the great environmental benefits, our annual electric costs are reduced and we’ve also saved money through Tampa Electric’s efficiency rebate programs,” said Keith Fisk, Operations Manager, Meadow Pointe I. “We are so pleased with our current energy saving improvements that we are planning additional lighting retrofits at our basketball and volleyball courts.”
“For more than 40 years, Tampa Electric has been a leader in promoting energy efficiency,” said Gordon Gillette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric. “We’re one of the first utilities to offer LED lighting and are pleased that Meadow Pointe I has been able to take advantage of our rebate programs to help conserve energy and save on their energy costs.”
Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each month the PSC presents its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. Look for past PSC Triple E Award recipients under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage, www.floridapsc.com. The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.
About Meadow Pointe I
Meadow Pointe I CDD is a single family residential community surrounded by over 100 ponds and conservation areas in Wesley Chapel. For more information, call 813-973-1671. CDD responsibilities within communities often include streetlights, recreational facilities, storm water management, irrigation water supply, sewer and wastewater management, and solid waste collection. There are over 300 CDDs throughout Florida.
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