Updates from our President, Adam Procell
April 24th – As the impact of COVID-19 continues, Lime continues to monitor the situation to work in a way that makes sense for our employees, customers, and clients.
Status of Work: Lime’s communities have all seen a dramatic improvement in the rates of COVID-19 deaths in recent weeks, good news amidst the horror that the virus has wreaked on us over the last 30 days. We can all be proud of the role that we have played by being proactive with our social distancing. It is working. Our goal was to flatten the curve, and we have made great progress. While Lime’s various communities are diverse in terms of COVID-19 impact, with the more dense areas clearly in worse shape, in all cases we are looking for a sustained plateau in infection and death rates to signal an opportunity for governors to turn the economies back on.
Back to Work in LA Schools: Lime learned great news this week after the West Coast team spent weeks working with the Mayor’s Office and LADWP. All parties agreed that we are prepared to safely return our subcontractor crews to the empty LA schools, instituting social distancing, health & hygiene protocols, wearing PPE, etc. Our corporate safety team has done great work in putting together these various protocols for a new normal, which we will no doubt be living in for some time. The LAUSD crews will be back in schools starting Monday.
Status of Lime Employees: After our third round of furloughs, we have now furloughed 200 out of 323 Lime employees. We have had NO layoffs. We have implemented pay cuts for the 123 remaining employees. We are 3 weeks into our 60-day plan, it will basically run through April and May. We will start up sales and install activity as we are able.
Support for SMB EE: Our Client Management Team and regional leadership are working with all our utility clients and appropriate state and regulatory bodies to prepare solutions to make investing in EE easier for SMBs. These range from higher incentives from the utilities, to state money to support customer co-pays, to new financing methods. We feel strongly that the projects that we propose to customers every day are more important now than ever – upgrading businesses, lowering their operating costs, employing small businesses in implementing the projects, keeping state environmental goals on track.
Our relentless focus on serving small businesses over a decade has made us very good at things that most companies would not even attempt. Important things. In any event, this commitment will continue.
April 1st – The Covid-19 outbreak represents an unprecedented challenge, and it will take an unprecedented effort to get through it. This is true for our nation, true for your state and true for our companies. This outbreak strikes at the heart of many of our businesses, including Lime Energy’s. For many of us, limited contact with customers has ground business to a halt. For others, especially those providing essential services such as healthcare and groceries, Covid-19 has brought its own unique challenges.
Each of us will play a role in the unprecedented effort it will take to overcome this challenge, and we will emerge from it together, stronger. This page summarizes many of the resources Lime has mustered to help our customers and communities get through this difficult time. And when the United States is ready to move out of this crisis, Lime Energy will be there to help our communities rebound.
Resources for small business
Lime Energy has gathered some resources to help small businesses weather the current conditions. We will continue to support small businesses today, tomorrow, and throughout this difficult time.
Lime Energy Precautions
We’ve implemented a series of preventative health measures for employees and contractors at our sites, here are some of the precautions Lime is taking to keep our employees and customers safe during this time:
Monitoring Symptoms and Limiting Exposure – Lime has notified employees of the symptoms related to COVID-19. Any employees that may be experiencing symptoms or known contact with a person who has contracted COVID-19 will be not be deployed to customers and will be urged to get tested where available.
Increased Sanitizing Guidelines -Lime has put into place strict guidelines to increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning during any contact. This includes instructing staff to include more frequent handwashing, use of sanitizer, and cleaning of equipment.
Social Distancing – Lime has moved to work-from-home and digital collaboration alternatives to minimize in-person meetings whenever possible. When in-person meetings cannot be avoided, we are following the suggested social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of our employees and customers.
Lime Energy is taking all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Due to these restrictions, there may be some delays in your efficiency project. Delays vary by region, for more information please contact your local representative or by filling out the contact form below.