LED Lighting Upgrades Complete at New York State Fairgrounds Buildings

LED Lighting Upgrades Complete at New York State Fairgrounds Buildings

NYPA and DAM Partner to Complete Install of Efficient LED Lighting to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Electricity Costs

Investment Complements “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

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- Release provided by the New York Power Authority

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) have partnered to complete a $866,000 energy efficiency project at six buildings at the New York State Fairgrounds. The project included the replacement of inefficiency light fixtures with new LED lighting, providing better lighting clarity and safety for fairground visitors while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving taxpayer dollars. This investment also complements CNY Rising, the region’s comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

“This lighting improvement project at the New York State Fairgrounds replaces outdated fixtures with efficient LED's, reducing energy costs and enhancing visitors’ experience and safety,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This investment continues to build the State Fairgrounds as a tourist attraction, and advances New York’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

The initiative, financed and implemented by NYPA, is being carried out under the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings.

“NYPA is proud to participate in the Great State Fair every year, so it was exciting to undertake this energy efficiency and modernization project with the Department of Agriculture and Markets,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “This completed project at the State Fairgrounds is just the latest of many energy efficiency improvements NYPA is implementing in Central New York and throughout the state.”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “The LED lighting project installed by NYPA is helping the Fair to conserve resources and reduce its energy footprint. We’re excited to see our historic buildings, including our Art & Home Center, which is approaching its 85th anniversary, upgraded with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient fixtures.”

The project included the replacement of existing lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs, in addition to the installation of occupancy sensors and enhanced lighting controls. The enhancements were made to the 83,000 square-foot Center of Progress building, the Horticulture Building, the Dairy Cattle Exhibit Center, the Administration Building, the Art & Home Center, and the main horse barn. Annually, during the State Fair, the Center of Progress building hosts booths from NYPA, most New York State agencies, and retail vendors and is located on the eastern end of campus adjacent to Chevy Court, where concert performers play throughout the fair.

Upgrading to LED lighting in the Fairgrounds’ older buildings is yet another step toward the modernization of the New York State Fair and the Fairgrounds, building upon the construction of the new Expo Center announced last year.

The LED lighting upgrade project is expected to save DAM more than $23,000 annually. The LED upgrades cost roughly $289,000 more than a similar replacement of the existing lighting system, resulting in a simple payback of less than 13 years for the additional investment. The initiative supports the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, based on 1990 levels.

New York State Senate Energy Chair Joseph Griffo said, “By updating and modernizing the lighting at the New York State Fairgrounds, we are taking steps to make the Fairgrounds more energy efficient, safer and enjoyable for visitors. These upgrades also will help ensure that the facility remains an attraction throughout the year."

Assembly Energy Chairman Michael Cusick said, “This is an important project that will result in annual cost savings and safety improvements for fair attendees. Energy efficiency upgrades are central to the goal of cutting pollution statewide and New York continues to lead by example in this sector.”


Accelerating CNY Rising

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.


About BuildSmart NY

BuildSmart NY, launched by Governor Cuomo in 2012, calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020. Through 2017, state buildings have thus far reduced their energy use by more than 11 percent under the program, resulting in an estimated $45 million in avoided energy costs and 222,000 tons of avoided greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 alone. In addition, energy efficiency and renewable projects currently being developed and installed will lead to a further reduction in energy use in state buildings by an estimated 5.3 percent, resulting in a collective 16.4 percent reduction from the baseline year.


Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven growth of more than 1,000 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.