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North Western Electric Cooperative chief executive officer Darin Thorp (left) presents a rebate check to Lambert VanderMade of VanderMade Dairy in Sherwood.

BRYAN — Through North Western Electric Cooperative’s (NWEC) Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Custom Lighting Program, businesses that receive electricity from the co-op, like VanderMade Dairy and L Cape Enterprises, are eligible for rebates when making significant energy-efficient lighting upgrades, as well as other improvements.

L Cape Enterprises, located in Edgerton, recently took advantage of this program, receiving an $802 check from NWEC after finishing installation of new LED lights to replace existing mercury sodium, incandescent, and fluorescent lighting. In total, L Cape Enterprises reduced its energy use by 5,580 watts – reducing the initial wattage by nearly 50%.

VanderMade Dairy, a dairy cow facility located in Sherwood, did the same, receiving a $5,554 check from NWEC after finishing installation of new LEDs to replace existing metal hallide lights, as well as adding LEDs in a new building addition. In total, the company reduced its energy use by 5,554 watts.

VanderMade Dairy also took advantage of NWEC’s C&I Improvements Program, which offers funding for specific energy-efficient equipment purchases and installation, when program specifications are met. VanderMade Dairy received $5,000 for installing variable frequency drive fans.

Other equipment eligible includes electric chillers, high-efficiency motors, high-frequency battery chargers, open refrigerated case door retrofits and more.

Lambert VanderMade grew up on a small dairy and hog farm in the southern part of the Netherlands before moving to Ohio with his family as a child to fulfill his dream of dairy farming, which has now expanded into a 1,400-cow dairy facility featuring Holstein cows. His family now owns and operates both VanderMade Dairy and FreshMade Dairy and is the second generation to farm there.

NWEC’s C&I rebate programs allow commercial and industrial members to apply for rebates toward energy-efficiency lighting projects and equipment purchases and installation. Rebates cannot exceed 50% of project costs (excluding labor), up to a total maximum rebate amount of $25,000 for lighting and $5,000 per rebate application for the improvements program. Rebates are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-approval is required prior to installation by contacting NWEC at 800-647-6932. To learn more about NWEC’s C&I rebate programs, visit https://nwec.com/content/member-services-0.

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