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12-15-2015, Sweetwater, TN

SCHOTT Gemtron Cuts 1.2 Million Pounds of CO2 Emissions with New Lighting

Collaboration with Sweetwater Utilities, Tennessee Valley Authority provide incentives for energy and efficiency upgrades
SCHOTT is contributing to a better environment with better lighting: New high-efficiency lighting installed at the SCHOTT Gemtron manufacturing plant in Sweetwater, Tenn., will reduce the plant’s energy consumption by more than one million kilowatt hours per year and prevent 1.2 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

As part of a regional program aimed at reducing energy consumption in industrial plants, SCHOTT received $117,000 in incentives to offset the cost of the lighting upgrades; the energy improvements were made possible through funding from local power provider Sweetwater Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

SCHOTT Gemtron, who manufactures flat glass products for the home appliance industry, will achieve electricity savings of approximately 1.2 million kWh/year and realize 154 kW power savings during peak times because of the energy conservation project. The one-time incentive payment covered the purchase and installation of 1,200 high-efficiency lights installed throughout the 150,000 square foot facility. SCHOTT Gemtron partnered with Shoffner Mechanical Service for the facilitation and implementation of this project because of their experience with similar energy-saving projects.

Sweetwater Utilities’ Energy Right Solutions for Industry (ERSI) program offers technical assistance and incentive payments to industrial plants and facilities in order to implement energy and kW efficiency upgrades. Sweetwater Utilities partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority and other power companies in the region to reduce the energy consumption of large industrial plants by cutting down on emissions and pollution. By improving the efficiency of its largest customers, Sweetwater Utilities lessens the need to buy additional off-system power during times when electricity is typically in high demand.

By consuming less energy, SCHOTT Gemtron will also reduce its CO2 and other gas emissions. The reduction in power consumption is expected to lighten SCHOTT Gemtron’s CO2 output by over 1.2 million pounds each year. That emissions savings is expected to grow, as well, as coal-powered power plants also become more efficient.

“The first time I looked up at the new lights, I realized how a small change carried out on a large scale could lead to huge results. SCHOTT Gemtron now operates more efficiently and generates less pollution, which is a benefit to the people that work here and to this community,” said Marc Fontinell, SCHOTT Gemtron’s Plant Manager. “This long-term investment in energy reduction represents a commitment to the future of this manufacturing facility, and we thank both Sweetwater Utilities and the Tennessee Valley Authority for their assistance and support.”

The check presentation for the energy upgrades, with officials from SCHOTT Gemtron, Sweetwater Utilities, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, will be held at SCHOTT Gemtron on Dec. 15. For more information, contact Marc Fontinell.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials, and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive, and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of $2.55 billion were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014.