SANTA ANA, CA—How would you like to save 88 percent of thelargest single component of your energy bill? RegencyCenters has done it, and been given an award to boot, aswell as being recognized for other sustainability efforts.

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The neighborhood center owner has been awarded the firstLighting Energy Efficiency in Parking award from the U.S.Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance initiative for the“Highest Percentage Savings in a Retrofit at a Single ParkingFacility” for its Rona Plaza center in Santa Ana, CA. (Thecompany also was honored by the DOE Better Buildings Alliance andthe Institute for Market Transformation as a an inaugural GreenLease Leader for incorporating lease clauses that help tenant andproperty owners to save energy.)

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The retrofit of the 51,760-square-foot center included what thecompany calls “best in class LED fixtures, equipped with astate-of-the-art wireless control system.” The result was an 88percent reduction in energy use compared to the previoustechnology.

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“The real pride from this award comes from the bigger picture,”said Mark Peternell, Regency'svice president of sustainability in the announcement. “We area strong believer in LED technology and the numerous benefits itprovides. Not only are we saving energy and reducing operatingexpenses, but we're also improving the way our shopping centerslook. The LEEP award is a wonderful honor, and we are thrilled tobe a part of such a prestigious group of participants.”

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The LEEP program offers free guidance to ownerslooking to implement energy-efficient lighting solutions.

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“By participating in the LEEP campaign, our partners are savingenergy, improving their bottom lines and serving as models forother organizations to increase the use of energy efficiency intheir communities,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiencyand Renewable Energy David Danielson in the announcement.

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Other retail-related winners of LEEP awards include WalmartStores (long a pioneer in green building solutions) inseveral categories, Howard Hughes Corp. andKimco Realty Corp.

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The awards are nice, but I'll bet the real prize is the savingsfor all these companies.

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