LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – (Nov. 12, 2010) – Flake & Kelley Commercial was awarded an incentive check of $6,300 from Entergy Arkansas, Inc.’s Large Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Solutions Program for upgrading the energy efficiency of the lighting and air conditioning systems in the Metropolitan Tower. The no-cost C&I Program provides technical and financial support to help businesses identify and implement energy efficiency upgrade projects.
The incentive was determined by the total amount of energy that the Metropolitan Tower will save. The high efficiency lighting and air conditioning equipment will save nearly 406,700 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to preventing the carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 56 passenger vehicles, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
“It’s important as a property management firm that Flake & Kelley Commercial sets a positive example for our community, and reducing our energy use is a critical step,” said CEO Hank Kelley. “While the ownership sees reduced energy costs, our customers are able to appreciate the increased comfort in the building.
As part of its participation in the program, Flake & Kelley Commercial will continue to evaluate additional efficiency opportunities in 2011. “We look forward to working with Entergy and the C&I Program to identify ways to further reduce energy use not only in the Metropolitan Tower, but in other buildings that we manage as well,” said Kelley. “Energy efficiency projects make sound financial sense, as the reduced energy use generally offsets the cost of the initial investment.
“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets large commercial and industrial businesses,” said Entergy Manager of Real Estate Operations David Ingram. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed resources and energy efficiency to Arkansas businesses.”