Amazon's Fernley Distribution Center Earns Orion Green Award for Lighting Change

Amazon's Fernley Distribution Center Earns Orion Green Award for Lighting Change

September 9, 2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

FERNLEY, Nev., Sep 9, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- The distribution center in Fernley, Nev., has been presented with the Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:OESX) Environmental Stewardship Award in recognition of Amazon's switch to more energy-efficient lighting. Orion presents the Environmental Stewardship Award to companies that achieve significant environmental benefits through the use of Orion products and systems. The distribution center is operated by nvdc, Inc., a subsidiary of, Inc.

Amazon replaced 465-watt High-Intensity Discharge lighting, with 221-watt Orion High-Intensity Fluorescent fixtures. This change lowered lighting power usage by approximately 1.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year in the facility.

"The switch to the new lighting has benefited us on a number of levels," said Julie Stronberg, facilities manager for the Fernley site. "Not only are we saving a lot of energy, but the new lights have brightened the building making it easier for our associates to do their jobs."

According to accepted government formulas, Amazon's reduction of more than 1.9 million kWh means that over the 20-year life of the replacement fixtures, more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases will not enter the atmosphere.

Stated another way, the reduction is the air-scrubbing equivalent of a 347-acre forest or removing more than 300 cars from the road. It is also the conservation equivalent of saving 3.1 million gallons of gasoline or 74,000 barrels of fuel oil over the same period.

"We all benefit when companies and individuals use less power," said Orion president and CEO Neal Verfuerth. "Best of all, though, Amazon didn't have to sacrifice or do without to get better lighting at a lower operating cost. That's the way we like to see things work."

Orion has deployed its energy management systems in 3,762 facilities across North America. Since 2001, Orion technology has displaced more than 357 megawatts, saving customers more than $402 million and reducing indirect carbon dioxide emissions by 3.6 million tons.

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