Saving enough energy to power 196 households, Sacramento International Airport has completed its initiative to improve lights in the parking garage by replacing 1,820 high-pressure sodium light fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs – reducing 1.7 million kilowatts of energy annually. Not only and energy saver, it translates into $184,000 of savings a year in maintenance and energy costs for the Airport.
“Our plan is to eventually replace all our light fixtures with LEDs,” said Director of Airports John Wheat. “It’s a win-win for the airport and our customers, as LED lights are brighter, require less maintenance, and use less energy than conventional sodium lights.”
Crews worked alongside electricians from the County Department of General Services to complete the job, which began in February and finished ahead of schedule on June 26.
The $654,545 Sacramento International Airport project qualified for a $153,526 SMUD rebate and expects to recoup the retrofit cost in a little more than three years.
In addition to replacing the lights, airport crews cleaned the floor deck, repainted traffic markings and added way-finding signs between Terminal A and B. The six-story parking garage opened in 2004 and offers covered parking for both Terminal A and Terminal B.
The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Airport System is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit www.smf.aero.