April 12, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:50 pm

GE casts light on Marriott HQ's energy savings

The lighting systems division of Fairfield's General Electric Co. has installed LED and other low-energy indoor and outdoor lamps and bulbs that will save hotel operator Marriott International more than $120,000 a year at its Bethesda, Md., headquarters.

In all, East Cleveland, Ohio-based GE Lighting Systems installed some 630 light-emitting diode lamps and more than 1,000 bulbs at Marriott's 900,000-square-foot headquarters building, parking garage and campus walkways, GE said Thursday. Motion-sensitive lighting controls also were installed.

Marriott will use 860,000 fewer kilowatt hours of electricity. With those savings, plus energy credits and other incentives factored in, Marriott will recoup the cost of the installation in two years, GE said.

The cost to Marriott of the lighting upgrade wasn't disclosed.

Meantime, Marriott also coordinated with Maryland's Montgomery County to replace 32 180-watt metal halide streetlights along the road leading to its headquarters and neighboring companies.

GE's106-watt LED fixtures paid for by Marriott will save some 10,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, for a savings of $1,200, GE said.

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