Canadian Manufacturing

Cott beverage production plant in Ontario to get LED lighting

Eco-Shift Power to upgrade nearly 1,000 light fixtures at Cott's Mississauga, Ont., plant to LED fixtures, saving $170,000 annually



CAMBRIDGE, Ont.—Energy management and lighting firm Eco-Shift Power Corp. has signed a contract with Cott Corp. to retrofit the lighting at a production plant in Mississauga, Ont., saving the Canadian beverage maker an estimated $170,000 annually.

According to Cambridge, Ont.-based Eco-Shift, the contract will see it upgrade nearly 1,000 light fixtures throughout the 220,000-sq.ft building to light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

Eco-Shift said 972 HID metal halide, fluorescent and halogen PAR lamps will be replaced both inside and outside the building with its NetZero LED fixtures, cutting more than one million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy use and resulting in financial energy use savings of more than 60 per cent.

The company will also install its light management system into all NetZero LED lights in warehouse and production areas, allowing Cott to monitor and monetize energy savings through dimming and scheduling, while also allowing for fixture diagnosis.

“With the idea of a smart grid becoming more predominant, more clients are starting to understand the importance of completing building upgrades with a smart building control component,” Eco-Shift chief financial officer Jim Hughes said in a statement from his company.

“This is important not only because it prepares your facility for what’s to come, but allows the end-user to measure consumption on a rolling basis and use these measurements to help facilitate decision-making surrounding a building’s energy efficient investments. In this regard, we respect Cott for realizing these potentials and taking a step towards a sustainable future.”

Eco-Shift said the project has an internal rate of return (IRR) of approximately 99.9 per cent, and is guaranteed to become cash flow positive in as little as 15 months.

What’s more, 708 tonnes of carbon dioxide will kept from the atmosphere, according to Eco-Shift, the equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 149 passenger vehicles.

Cott is one of the world’s largest private label brand soft drink makers, and exports its products throughout the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

The company has 60 manufacturing facilities and 180 distribution facilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

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