Casino nets top state energy rebate award

CHARLES TOWN — A win-win situation is how Jose Flores, assistant general manager of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races described the facility’s recent energy rebate award from FirstEnergy.

[cleeng_content id="947030843" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]The casino and racing facility received $264,869.73, the largest energy rebate award in the history of West Virginia’s First Energy Kilowatt Reduction program.

Accepting a $264,869.73 check from First Energy are (from left) David Rich, Rich Energy Solutions; Jose Flores, assistant general manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Al Britton, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; and Mark Trautman of Rich Energy Solutions.

Accepting a $264,869.73 check from First Energy are (from left)
David Rich, Rich Energy Solutions; Jose Flores, assistant general
manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races; Al
Britton, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino
at Charles Town Races; and Mark Trautman of Rich Energy
Solutions.

Flores said the company invested nearly $1.4 million as part of an eight-month project in order to reduce its carbon footprint, replacing more than 12,000 halogen and incandescent lamps with new state-of-the-art LED lamps throughout the casino. An additional 2,400 garage lights were replaced with new fluorescent fixtures and custom LED lighting.

Flores said he worked with New Jersey-based Rich Energy Solutions to make sure the result of the changes wouldn’t change the look of the casino.

“They did a lot of mock-ups for us,” he said. “What they were able to bring was such a wealth of knowledge. They have a broad library of lights used because of partnering with major lighting manufacturing companies such as Phillips.”

In addition to receiving the rebate award, Flores said the facility has saved upwards of $5,000 a month in the garage alone.

“The lights in the garage run 24/7, 365 days a year,” he said. “With the new fixtures the energy consumption has been cut in half.

The FirstEnergy lighting incentives for business program is designed to encourage commercial customers to replace high-energy consuming products with more environmentally friendly choices.

In addition to replacing the lights throughout the facility, refrigeration controls were updated, demand-based ventilation systems were installed, occupant-detected heating and air-condition systems in the hotel were installed, and HVAC systems for the casino floor were updated.

Hollywood Casino Vice President and General Manager Al Britton said the company was very pleased on the outcome of this effort.

“It’s nice when you have a win-win opportunity like this one,” Britton said. “We were able to reduce our carbon footprint while lowering our overall energy costs.”

 

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