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Antigua Air Station makes green changes

PATRICK AFB, Fla. --      With Earth Day around the corner we are inspired to start making a difference for our world's natural environment. The 45th Space Wing has already begun making some positive changes that benefit the world we live in.
     Recently, the wing performed a lighting retrofit at the Antigua Air Station.
     The existing lighting systems were upgraded to new energy efficient lamps, as well as occupancy sensors to further reduce energy consumption.
     The upgrade has proven to have many benefits such as longer lasting lamps, removal of polychlorinated biphenyls containing magnetic ballasts, less heating ventilating and air conditioning required due to cooler lamps, energy savings due to less diesel fuel being burned, greenhouse gas emission reductions due to less diesel fuel being burned, and energy cost savings due to less diesel fuel being purchased.
     The largest benefit of this project is that it will significantly contribute to lowering the overall base electrical demand, which when combined with other energy projects, will allow one 1-MW diesel generator to be powered down during all non-critical operating modes, saving
over a million dollars each year!
     This lighting retrofit was implemented by the base contractor CSR, who subcontracted
to Harris lighting, a Jacksonville base lighting contractor. The upgrade is now complete and was done under budget and on schedule.
     This is just one way the 45th Space Wing is making a difference. Each day new developments and ideas are implemented to help better our precious world!