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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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.
"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.