DALLAS, GA - The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) has announced a new GACS Lighting Retrofit Fund for members that will provide financing for energy-saving lighting retrofits to convenience store locations with zero out of pocket costs.
Projects will be chosen based several factors, including projects that can achieve the most energy savings for the least cost and the financial stability of the applicant.
GACS expects that the fund will provide for retrofits for between 50 to 80 store locations in 2010. Additional projects will be completed in 2011 and future years, with the payments made by completed projects.
Funding for this program comes through a grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in cooperation with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. The grant was provided to Outlaw Consulting working in partnership with GACS.
Applications to participate in the program must be received by June 1, 2010.
Companies selected for the program will be required to make payments equal to the actual savings from projects over 18 months, but after the 18-month period, the lighting retrofit and the resulting savings will be theirs to keep. GACS also will ask those selected to sign up for the Governors Energy Challenge (committing to a 15% reduction in energy usage), to post signage about the project on-site and to maintain membership in GACS.
The primary contractor for lighting services will be Energy & Environment LLC. Services will include lighting upgrades, lighting control systems, utility billing audit services and assistance with any related incentives. Once projects are completed, and payments are received based on the resulting savings, these payments will be used to complete additional projects.
Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact Outlaw Consulting€™s Ed Outlaw at (770) 461-2308 ext. 111 or GACS€™ Angela Holland at (770) 736-9723.