AUGUSTA, Maine — An Efficiency Maine grant of $181,761 will allow J.D. Irving to install energy-efficient lighting and air compressors as part of its redevelopment of the saw mill and lumber finishing operation in Nashville Plantation, according to a press release Wednesday.
The upgrades will save the company an estimated $82,000 per year in energy costs.
With incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Large Customer Program, Irving will replace existing linear fluorescent lights and metal halide fixtures with more energy-efficient high-performance lights and LED lights. Irving will also undertake a new compressed air project including installation of a new cycling refrigerated air dryer and compressor controls.
The total cost of the project is estimated at about $440,000, with annual savings projected to be nearly 909,000 kilowatt hours per year, or roughly the amount of energy used to power 140 Maine homes. In addition to the annual savings, the efficiency measures will reduce the need for energy during peak demand by 141.5 kilowatts.
J.D. Irving has made significant investments in energy-efficient equipment over the years, including two other projects with Efficiency Maine at its Dixfield mill: a back-pressure turbine installation and a kiln optimization project.