Concord upgrades lighting throughout campus

Mercer County

Concord University held a ribbon cutting on Friday to celebrate the completion of an innovative project.

Helios Energy out of Nashville has been working to get the whole campus on LED Energy Lighting. This was implemented to eliminate 20,000 linear fluorescent and 47,000 CFL lamps.

The goal was to reduce consumption for lighting by 65 percent annually, and eliminate the cost of replacing fluorescent lamps and ballast. Those lamps contain harmful elements, like Mercury and PCB’s, that are bad for the environment.

Helios Energy CEO, Chris Nelson, said there was a crucial need for updates at the school.

“When we came to the campus, I will tell you that there was probably twenty to thirty percent of the lights were not working. They were old, they were technology that’s been around for 50, 60 years, so just the fact they had 20 to 30 percent the lights not working I think was impetus,” Nelson said.

This was also meant to create a safer environment for students. According to Nelson, the project injected $840,000 into the local economy. 

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