With 50+ years of providing electrical solutions to Federal, State and municipal governments as well as commercial and residential customers, Bay Electric is poised as a leader in Renewable Energy and Design/Installation of Solar Photovoltaics. We have created a network of teaming partners throughout the U.S. to provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) for solar installations, large commercial or utility scale.
At Bay Electric, we help our customers to define their Parameters, to focus their energy needs and to reduce their energy footprints. By specializing in energy management and control, our company can assess the needs of our customers, lay out positive changes and help our customers meet their goals of energy Independence.
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Virginia
Bay Electric’s Corporate Office in Newport News, Virginia
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This certification system for green buildings was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization whose mission is to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
LEED focuses on providing an integrated approach to the planning, design, construction, and operation of a building and aims to minimize the use of natural resources while lowering operation costs.
With ratings from Certified to Platinum, LEED performance areas include sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor environmental quality.
As an electrical and general contractor, Bay Electric Co., Inc. has worked closely with various architects and engineers during the design phase and is experienced in the construction of LEED certified buildings. Bay Electric’s current/recent involvement includes LEED projects ranging from $5 million to $30 million and from LEED Certified to LEED Silver ratings. Information on some of these multi-million dollar projects may be found below.
TA-5 Dining Hall Facility at Fort Lee, Virginia - LEED Silver
Bay Electric understands that green buildings use resources more efficiently and serve as healthier living and working environments for their occupants. As an electrical and general contractor, our firm has worked on numerous green building projects, from the design and construction of LEED certified buildings to lighting retrofits.
What is a Lighting Retrofit?
A lighting retrofit is an easy way to make an older building a little more green. During a lighting retrofit, fluorescent lamps and ballasts, the inner workings of a light bulb, are replaced with greener, more efficient models. With the installation of these new parts, energy consumption is reduced and savings in energy costs are increased. Some customers even experience an improved quality of light as a result of a lighting retrofit conducted in their office or warehouse.
Our Experience with Lighting Retrofits
As an electrical and general contractor in business for more than 45 years, Bay Electric Co., Inc. is experienced in performing lighting retrofits for industrial clients as well as government agencies. At a glance, here are three of our recent lighting retrofit projects.
Project 1 – Lighting Retrofit for a Local Newspaper
Bay Electric performed a lighting retrofit for a local newspaper. Due to the building’s age and because of poor electrical efficiency of the lighting ballasts, the lighting needed to be replaced. New electronic ballasts were installed, saving the company approximately $42,000 per year in electricity costs. The process of retrofitting the existing lighting with new electronic ballasts was minimally disruptive to employees.
Project 2 – Interior High Bay Lighting for a Distribution Center
Bay Electric provided new circuitry for fluorescent high bay lights in a distribution center. As the electrical contractor, Bay Electric installed nearly 250 high bay fluorescent fixtures. The result? More energy efficient lighting with great potential for monetary savings.
Project 3 – High Efficiency Lighting at an Army Base
Bay Electric was awarded several contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the energy consumption and power demand on base by replacing existing inefficient fluorescent lighting system components with more efficient components and systems. With a cumulative value in excess of $3 million, the work consisted of the replacement of electromagnetic ballasts and lamps with new electronic ballasts and lamps within the existing ceiling-mounted lighting fixtures.