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Velcro Canada Inc. completes lighting retrofit

Published on July 07, 2009

CIPEC Leader Velcro Canada Incorporated recently completed a lighting retrofit at its manufacturing facility in Brampton, ON, to reduce energy costs by 50 per cent, while providing better lighting for its employees. Although the retrofit cost more than $100,000, the textile company was able to offset part of the cost with a $28,000 incentive from Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Industry program.


“Everything went quite smoothly,” says Tal Rafailov, strategic project manager and the environmental management representative at the plant. “We completed the job in a week while we operated the plant.”


The plant operates five days a week, with three eight-hour production shifts.


Velcro Canada’s lighting retrofit involved replacing 400W metal halide fixtures with T-8 high bay fluorescent fixtures, lamps and ballasts. T-12 lighting in the office area was replaced by T-8 lamps and ballasts. In addition, incandescent lamp exit signs were replaced with LED lamps. It is estimated that the facility will save more than 1600 gigajoules (GJ) of electricity annually for a cost savings of $42,361 per year. The net payback is estimated at slightly more than two years.


Velcro Canada, which is ISO 14001 certified, decided to go ahead with the retrofit project as part of a general effort to meet its environmental management systems (EMS) objectives and targets.


“One of those objectives is to reduce our energy consumption due to lighting by 50 per cent,” says Rafailov. “More importantly, the retrofit shows employees that the company is serious about their work environment. Better lighting is great for workplace safety and morale.”


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Source: March 1, 2009 issue of Heads Up CIPEC, Natural Resources Canada’s Industrial Programs Division’s e-newsletter. To subscribe to Heads Up CIPEC, please visit

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