City of Sumter to Reduce Energy Usage By More Than 20 Percent

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:48:00 PM Categories: building Council efficiency Mayor public services sumter opera house

Sumter, S.C. (February 21, 2017) — The City of Sumter announced today that it has commenced implementation of an energy savings performance contract to reduce operating costs of City facilities while improving occupant comfort.


The City will replace or retrofit 3,136 lighting fixtures within 24 City facilities with Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. The project is expected to reduce the City’s energy usage by 23% percent.


“This project will address critical infrastructure needs and after completed it will save the City $92,000 per year,” states Joe McElveen, Mayor City of Sumter. “The project will reduce the City’s carbon footprint by 598,698 pounds annually, which is equivalent to the carbon reducing performance of over 223 acres of trees.”


As part of the $1.2 million project, the City will also save on maintenance and other costs associated, by replacing air conditioning and heating units and adding new building control systems. 30 City facilities will be affected by this project, including the Sumter Opera House, Liberty Center, police and fire department stations, Hope Centers, public services, Palmetto Tennis Center and other facilities.


“Fifteen units, which provide heating and air conditioning at the HOPE Centers, and roof top heat pump units, like those at the Liberty Center will be replaced with new high efficiency heat pumps,” stated Eric Shytle, City’s General Counsel. “Wireless and programmable thermostats will also be installed to efficiently control the units and allow for greater reliability, scheduling and other operational functions.”


About the City of Sumter

The City of Sumter, known as the Gamecock City, lies near the geographic center of the state of South Carolina with a population of approximately 42,000 citizens. Home to Shaw Air Force Base, a growing Industrial base, the world famous Swan Lake Iris Gardens the City provides basic and necessary services consistent with the needs of its citizens in a cost-effective, efficient, and customer friendly manner.