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Georgia port aims for $6 million savings from lighting upgrade

The Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal / Photo: The US Army Corps of Engineers

North America’s busiest single-terminal container facility is now saving more than $600,000 a year thanks to a customised lighting solution from Iowa-based Musco.

Operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), the Garden City Terminal runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a site of more than 1,200 acres next to the Savannah river in the south-eastern US state of Georgia.

The facility’s previous lighting system had a number of problems: it consumed a lot of energy, produced a lot of spill and glare, and there were often maintenance issues.

Its replacement, Musco’s Green Generation Lighting, using HID (high-intensity discharge) light sources, is more cost effective and more environmentally friendly. It also gives much better colour – as you can see above in an image supplied by Musco. Designed to meet the specific challenges of the port’s constant operations, the new system has reduced energy consumption by 65 per cent – including an annual drop in CO2 emissions of 3,569 tonnes – and eliminated all maintenance costs for a decade, during which time the GPA expects to save a total of $6.37 million in operating costs.

‘The new system has delivered outstanding performance while helping continue our efforts in energy reduction,’ said Olli Himbert, capital projects manager and facilities engineer at the GPA.

Light is distributed more effectively than before, and requires far less energy and maintenance

Musco’s system includes the firm’s control and monitoring technology, which together allow users to respond quickly and flexibly to changes in the port’s lighting requirements via web-based software and a 24/7 call centre.

Starting out as a sports lighting specialist in 1976, Musco is now an established supplier of indoor, outdoor and temporary lighting.