OBEC Helping Illuminate Businesses & Schools
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative facilitates a business lighting rebate program sponsored and funded by Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., in Springfield, Missouri. Businesses and schools that are members of OBEC can be eligible to receive a rebate for installing energy efficient lighting in new construction, or for replacing older fluorescent and incandescent lighting in existing facilities.
WW Wood products, a member of the cooperative, manufactures wood moldings, cabinet doors and custom cabinetry. Located in Dudley, Missouri they employ over 1,000 individuals. The company recently expanded its operations with construction of a 500,000 square foot building. This new facility required the installation of more than 600 new lights.
Jeff Miller, CFO of WW Wood Products, contacted Ozark Border when planning the lighting and discovered they qualified for incentives to install energy efficient options. Lighting is a critical component of every business, and WW Wood Products chose to use LED lighting. LED lighting offers savings in several ways; the biggest savings being the cost of operation. A typical LED light uses only a fraction of the energy an incandescent bulb does. Other savings result from less heat production, longer life and lower maintenance costs.
Cherie Cook, OBEC’s Member Service Supervisor, is pictured presenting a check for more than $20,000 to Miller on behalf of Associated Electric. Ozark Border is pleased to have been of assistance with this project and urges other organizations to contact them for assistance with lighting rebate options.