As a regional electric power supplier, Tri-State is interested in energy and maintenance savings and being on the leading edge of outdoor lighting. The Cree luminaire installations are serving as demonstrations for the company’s member electric co-ops, other utilities and business owners who may be interested in instituting similar technology at their facilities.
“Simply put, we see this project as an example of what one company is doing to increase efficiency, protect the environment and save money during these tough economic times,” McCoy said. Tri-State is recognized as the first company in the Rocky Mountain region to institute LED lighting technology on this scale.
The success is dramatic when comparing before and after nighttime photos of the parking lot. “It’s like night and day—almost literally,” McCoy said. “The new LED lighting is a huge improvement over the standard technology in terms of brightness and illuminating the space.”