Pinnacle Pellet’s new Lavington pellet plant was constructed during 2015 in partnership with Tolko Industries Ltd. and employs state-of-the-art process and emissions control technology. As part of their commitment to efficiency and sustainability, Pinnacle opted to utilize LED technology for their lighting needs over inefficient conventional technologies.
Having previously worked with Pinnacle in retrofitting several of their other facilities with industrial LED lighting, DAGR was asked to provide a full-site lighting design for the new Lavington plant. The final design covered a wide range of areas and applications, using MP700s and MP710s for exterior lighting, Class I hazardous-location certified EXP250s in the high-dust environment storage tent areas, and Class II FL570s in the process building mounted on the walls to mitigate heat concerns. Also provided was the design and specification of office and emergency & exit lighting solutions.
Exterior mounting heights and lighting angles were carefully adjusted to minimize glare and light trespass, and prevent any obtrusive light outside of the property lines. All lighting was specified to meet the relevant Canadian Occupational Health & Safety illumination standards. DAGR also helped Pinnacle take advantage of the available new build incentives offered by BC Hydro.
As a result of the implementation of the lighting design, the new Lavington plant provides workers with a safe, efficient and functionally lit work environment. It is estimated that by choosing LED lighting, energy consumption has been reduced by 70% over conventional lighting, with energy savings of approximately $200,000 over 5 years. With energy and maintenance savings, the project will pay for itself in under 2 years.