Bright Energy Solutions

Cheese Factory Benefits Financially From Lighting


Big Stone City, S.D., Mayor Dib Wiik (center) presents a rebatecheck for $32,587 to Dennis Underwood of Saputo Cheese USA. Also pictured is Saputo Cheese USA Plant Manager Kip Cameron.

Keeping operating costs low is a high priority for any business. And saving on energy bills is just one way to accomplish this task. A lighting retrofit program offered by two neighboring municipal utilities helped an international dairy products manufacturer save energy, lower utility bills, and improve the lighting quality throughout its buildings. 
For most businesses, lighting accounts for a substantial portion of their energy bill, usually between 25 and 40 percent. Energy service representatives from Ortonville (Minn.) Municipal Utilities and Big Stone City (S.D.) Municipal Utilities identified a number of potential high-efficiency upgrades for Saputo, Inc., a cheese manufacturing company with a plant in Big Stone City, and a warehouse in Ortonville.
A local contractor replaced the old, inefficient lighting to include high-bay T-8 lighting, high-performance T8 lighting, and low-wattage T-8 lighting.
Estimated savings from the project included:
  • 122 kilowatts (kW) of demand savings per month at the Big Stone City plant
  • 628,221 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy savings per year at the Big Stone City plant
  • 36.72 kW of demand savings per month at the Ortonville warehouse
  • 83,223 kilowatt-hours (kWh of energy savings per year at the Ortonville warehouse
  • $32,587 cash rebate at its cheese plant in Big Stone Cit
  • $10,824 cash rebate at its Ortonville warehouse

Bright Energy Solutions is a unique portfolio of energy efficiency cash incentive programs that will help residential and business customers reduce their energy costs and operate more efficiently. The program is offered to residential and business customers of participating municipal utilities that are members of Sioux Falls-based Missouri River Energy Services.