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To demonstrate RAI’s commitment to renewable energy solutions and to solar energy
in particular, we installed a photovoltaic system at our corporate headquarters
in 2006. This system was designed to “zero out” our yearly electric utility bill.
Because the available roof space on our existing office building was too small to
accommodate the necessary size, we designed and built an adjacent 10,000 square
foot pre-engineered Butler building to be used as a storage facility for company
equipment and tools. It also acted as the canopy structure to support the additional
photovoltaic modules needed to complete our system. We built the entire new structure
in less than three days over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, including footings
and foundations, all structural steel, roof skins, fencing, asphalt, and site grading/restoration.
In conjunction with this project we upgraded our primary utility service to a 3-phase
system. The new main distribution panel feeds three separate buildings and connects
our two roof-mounted arrays to the utility grid.
In its simplest form, a lighting retrofit can be as easy as taking out a traditional
incandescent light bulb and replacing it with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL).
For most homeowners and small businesses, this is all that need be done to significantly
reduce lighting energy costs and maintenance while helping the environment.
For large commercial, government or industrial buildings, lighting retrofits can
be more comprehensive, including all or some of the following:
- Changing to CFL’s, as noted above.
- Replacing old-technology T12 fluorescent lamps/ballasts with newer, more efficient
T8 lamps and ballasts.
- Installing reflector systems to maximize light distribution and brightness.
- Installing occupancy or timer switches in areas that are frequently unoccupied.
- Installing timer switches or calibrating exterior lighting photocells to respond
to daylight conditions, to turn off exterior lights during the daylight hours.
- As an experienced lighting retrofit contractor, Ray Angelini, Inc. can conduct a
lighting audit of your plant or facility and make recommendations on how your company
can save money by using one or more of these lighting retrofit options.
For more comprehensive information on lighting retrofits, why they are beneficial,
and the best options to consider, RAI recommends the following website: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/pdfs/NPS_guidebook.pdf
This Lighting Retrofit Guidebook is easy to understand. It was written by the U.S.
Department of Energy for use by national park visitor centers, yet the information
applies to any large company or building.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System
encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development
practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and
accepted tools and performance criteria. – Source: United States Green Builders
Council (USGBC) website For more information about LEED and sustainable green building,
RAI recommends the following website as a resource: http://www.usgbc.org
Ray Angelini, Inc. consistently strives for proficiency in the latest technologies
and methods for all areas of the company business, from electrical workers in the
field to safety to human resources. Additionally, the company encourages participation
in civic groups. The company and/or its employees have memberships or certifications
in the following:
BICSI – Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc. (telecommunications)
NECA – National Electrical Contractors Association
NEIS – National Electrical Installation Standards
IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
ASES – American Solar Energy Society
SEIA - Solar Energy Industries Association
GEC - Green Energy Council
ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers
NJBIA – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
NJSCPA – New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management
OSHA-approved certified trainer for industrial lift trucks
First Aid / CPR / AED Certified
New Jersey Business & Industry Association
NJ Energy Coalition
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