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July 10, 2017 marks the start of the installation of the new LED lights at the Rushmore Little League's Red Pesek field in Rapid City, SD by GenPro Energy Solutions.  The purpose of the new lighting is to improve safety and to reduce crime in the area surrounding the Red Pesek Field with the goal to light the area surrounding the field year-round to reduce vandalism, prostitution and drug use that currently takes place near the field.  The project is funded by the Rapid City Vision Funds.

"It has nothing to do with the game of baseball. It's not going to make Rushmore Little League any more competitive on the field,” said Jim Bussell, President, Rushmore Little League. “What it is helping us do, is to be good neighbors and helping us make this neighborhood safer, both for the users of the Rushmore Little League area, but most of the time it's going to be better for the users of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.



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Thursday, June 22, 2017. 9:22 am

Going green, small business benefits

Small businesses are facing competition not only on a local level, but online as well.  With so many different products and services to choose from, going green is one of the greatest way to make a small business stick out form the competition.  Going green does not only decrease the impact on the planet, it can save your company money.  Take a look at how your business can make simple switches today to greatly affect not only your future, the planets future as well.

  1. The timing has never been better to make the switch to LED lights.  As prices are dropping on the low energy consuming bulbs, LED lights are more affordable than ever.  Not only will you save money overtime by using LED lights, you will save on maintenance since they have an average life span of 50,000 hours, which is 5 times that of the CFL bulb.

  2. Go digital. In the age of technology, we have the resources to cut down on our paper use. One tree on average makes 16.67 reams of copy paper.  The average cost of a tossed-out piece of paper is 6 cents.  The average employee prints and tosses out an average of 1,410 per year.  By going digital you could save roughly $84.60 per employee each year.

  3. Solar power during the day.  If your business runs during the day, your power could be produced by solar panels.  Since most business’s today run from 8am-5pmthe lights, copiers, computers, etc.… are used all during sunlight hours, which could run from solar energy. The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.  There is no better time than now to make the switch!

  4. If your company travels for business and sales meetings, trade shows, etc. consider alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles. By reducing your carbon footprint, you are also saving fuel costs.

  5. Buy local. Factor in the costs of shipping when ordering promotional materials, office products and more and think about the ways that you’re also saving on emissions.  Not only are you supporting other small businesses, you are saving on your overall carbon footprint.

Those are a few ways that your company can make small changes that will make huge impacts!  Not only will you save money, but customers, now more than ever, care about the general behavior of companies.  Going green is a trending theme that is easily promotable and it seems that everyone is interested in it.  If you are going green or have already, make sure to let your marketing team take advantage of this!



Published in GenPro Energy Blog
Thursday, July 21, 2016. 1:12 pm

Mammoth Site Switches To LED Lighting

GenPro Energy Solutions was proud to be selected by the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD to replace their lighting with LEDs.

LED lighting is popular because it's brighter and more energy efficient than incandescent lights. But for the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, there is another important consideration: the 26,000-year-old mammoth bones being unearthed at the site are sensitive to ultraviolet light, and LED fixtures emit virtually no harmful UV radiation, said Mammoth Site Business Manager Presston Gable.

GenPro Energy Solutions, based in Piedmont, recently replaced all of the lighting in the Mammoth Site's bone bed exhibit area with LED fixtures. The new lights are a striking contrast to the old metal halide fixtures that lit the bone bed in the past.

"It's pretty phenomenal," Gable said of the change in visibility created by the new LED lights. "We have to be careful about UV rays, because the bones are not fossilized."

The Mammoth Site is an in situ museum: many of the bones of Columbian mammoths, camels, short-faced bears and other Ice Age creatures are carefully uncovered but not removed from the excavation pit. Visitors can literally peer over the shoulders of the paleontologists and volunteers working the site.

Because the bones are left in place, said Chief Scientist Jim Mead, it can be hard to see the details and textures that offer clues about the lives of the ancient animal remains being studied. "With the new lighting, we can better understand the bones," he said.

For This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., energy systems specialist at GenPro, the Mammoth Site project provided some unusual challenges for the highly specialized installation team. Scissor jacks and other traditional equipment couldn't be used, so the GenPro crew built scaffolding to reach light fixtures in hard-to-reach areas.

"We do installations at facilities that are larger in scale, but at the Mammoth Site we had to figure out how to reach the lights without damaging any of the bones," he said. "They told us the bones are so fragile that if something as small as a screw were to fall and hit a bone, it could crumble into pieces."

Before the project, the 26 high bay lights illuminating the bone bed were 425-watt metal halide fixtures. GenPro replaced them with the same number of specialized high-performance 240-watt LED high bays. Usera estimates the new lights will reduce the Mammoth Site's lighting energy use by 44 percent.

Update 05/26/2017: Black Hills Energy presented a check for $1,820 in rebates to The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, after they replaced the lighting in the bonebed area with LED bulbs. The Black Hills Energy Community Giving Foundation matched the rebate amount for a total donation of $3,640.

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