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Harvest for Hope


The Harvest Hope Food Bank provides food for those in need in 20 counties throughout South Carolina. Gathering food to fulfill its mission of feeding the hungry requires clean, bright, and well-maintained facilities to efficiently store, pack, and distribute food all year round.


The Lime Energy SAVE™ Program is a turnkey solution that makes it easy and affordable to upgrade to high efficiency lighting. The program offers a free energy assessment to determine the most cost-effective lighting solutions customized for the unique business needs. Monthly energy cost savings are guaranteed through state-of-the-art technology that measures usage. With the guaranteed savings, customers will be billed for part of their savings and can retain the remaining monetary savings. So, customers will never pay more than their estimated savings.

Lime Energy worked with Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Facility Director, Gene Vaughn, to offer—at no cost to the charity—energy-efficiency upgrades. It was determined that installing new lighting solutions and refrigeration upgrades throughout the facility would offer significant energy savings within a short timeframe. The total project cost of $44,130 was completely covered with various contributions from the Duke Energy Small Business Saver Program, Rexel Energy Solutions and Lime Energy. A $15,885 incentive payout was provided by the Duke Energy Small Business Saver Program and all materials were donated by Rexel Energy Solutions.

In addition to this, Lime Energy covered the remaining costs as well as labor and administration fees through their Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Lime Energy’s upgrades included energy-efficient electronically commutated motors in the refrigerators and the replacement of incandescent and fluorescent lamps with energy-efficient T8 lamps and LEDs throughout the food bank’s exterior, storage, and common areas. Harvest Hope Food Bank is anticipated to save an estimated $337 per month and $4,049 in annual energy costs.


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