Press Release: Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

Architect Gary Caperna at the Medford Food Co-op

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“Medford Food Co-op Receives Nearly $10,000 for Energy Efficiency!”

Medford, OR, (April 2, 2012) – Last month, Energy Trust of Oregon awarded a check for $7,680 to the Medford Food Co-op  for the energy efficiency features that were designed and installed at their new store.   That brings the store total award for energy efficiency measures $9,924.

The Medford Food Co-op worked with Batzer Construction to radically renovate their building on Riverside Avenue into unique grocery retail space that opened in August of 2011.  Efficient operations were a part of the design goals according to architect Gary Caperna.  “We’re always working to balance the construction budget concerns with a client’s annual operating cost concerns.   Energy Trust of Oregon helps with incentive money that offsets the construction cost. “   Caperna worked closely with mechanical engineer Michele Freidrich of PECI to identify all the systems that could improve energy efficiency.  They put in the required pre-application to Energy Trust of Oregon in 2010 before work even started and the Co-op received an incentive of $1250, for having the Early Design Assistance Meeting.

When construction was complete last fall, the final calculations on energy savings were 60,845 kWh/year compared to a building that is only “code compliant.”  That’s enough energy to operate 4.4 households for a year according to the EPA.  The energy efficiency of the lighting and refrigeration reduced the carbon footprint of the Co-op by 35.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The check from Energy Trust of Oregon has just arrived and it was even better than expected.   The efficient lighting system yielded an incentive of $3,655 and the refurbished refrigeration systems earned them $4,025 in incentives.  Separately, Avista’s energy efficiency program awarded $994 for the energy saving night curtains that insulate open coolers during non-business hours.  “Navigating all of the paperwork for incentives is not always easy.  However Ben Reher of RHT Energy Solutions in Medford shepherded the Co-op painlessly through the process,” said General Manager, Emile Amarotico. “The project incentives of $9924 are just the start, the monthly savings on energy bills helps keep our overhead costs down, so we can spend that money in other ways important to the Co-op. “

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