September 15, 2011
NYSERDA Helps ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester Increase Energy Savings
ABVI-Goodwill Store in Geneseo Undergoes Major Energy Efficiency Renovations
GENESEO, NY The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) aided the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester (ABVI-Goodwill) in increasing energy savings during a substantial renovation to its Geneseo Goodwill Retail Store.
NYSERDA's New Construction Program provided $14,533 in incentives to help defray the cost of a number of energy efficiency improvements to the 27,000-square-foot Geneseo Goodwill Retail Store. These improvements included:
- Energy efficient lighting
- Occupancy sensors so lights automatically turn off when there is no movement in the room
- Two high-efficiency, packaged rooftop units to condition and circulate air as part of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- Premium Efficiency Motors to assist in optimizing motor system efficiency and to reduce electrical power consumption and costs
- Demand Control Ventilation to reduce outdoor air requirements based on the CO2 levels in the air inside the building
This ABVI – Goodwill project is expected to result in annual savings of more than 57,860 kilowatt hours and is expected to reduce the store's annual energy costs by $9,120.
“This program helped us to make informed electrical energy decisions and implement energy efficiency strategies,” said Gidget Hopf, President and CEO of ABVI-Goodwill. “We looked to NYSERDA to identify ways in which we could become more energy efficient as we grew our business. It made smart business sense and was the right thing to do.”
“A major renovation like this one is an ideal time to incorporate energy efficiency measures in a facility,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.”We commend ABVI-Goodwill for the important work it does in the community and for its commitment to saving energy. NYSERDA is proud to support energy efficiency in the not-for-profit sector as savings from increased energy efficiency mean more dollars for the valuable programs that not-for-profits provide.”
In addition to the project in Geneseo, NYSERDA has supported a number of other ABVI- Goodwill projects. These projects have increased ABVI-Goodwill facilities' energy efficiency through lighting, lighting controls and HVAC unit improvements. NYSERDA has provided a total of $22,913 in incentives for these earlier projects, resulting in total energy savings of more than 20,204 kWh for them.
The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI), founded in 1911, is a premiere provider of vision rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier areas of New York State. As part of its mission-focused work, ABVI, an affiliate of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, empowers people with vision loss to engage in fulfilling careers by offering a variety of entrepreneurial businesses, including a state-of-the-art contact center, manufacturing and fulfillment services, sewing and food service and catering. ABVI's goal is to help individuals discover the happiness that exists after a diagnosis of significant visual impairment or blindness. We do this in two ways. Our vision rehabilitation services are designed from a Person-Centered approach to assist people in adapting everyday activities. And we provide the opportunity through training and skill development to engage in meaningful work. For the latest news about ABVI, please visit SeeGreatThings.com. Like ABVI on Facebook: facebook.com/ABVI1911. Follow ABVI on Twitter @ABVI1911.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
NYSERDA,a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
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