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2012 Midwest Regional Solid-State Lighting Workshop A Success

A group of Michigan building owners and operators, manufacturers, and others from both the public and private sector, met in Detroit on August 21 to learn about using light emitting diodes (LEDs) in lighting projects or building retrofits to achieve energy savings and improve performance.

Attendees at the workshop learned that LEDs and other advanced lighting have an enormous potential to reduce the amount of energy used, and money spent, in lighting Michigan homes, businesses, and factories. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the nation as a whole will reduce the amount of energy used for lighting in 2030 by 46%, relative to 2010, because of the growing adoption of LED lighting.

Participants learned about the way the technology works, how to specify project goals and performance requirements, and the kind of lighting design questions to ask when developing a project. Additionally, many real-world case studies from Michigan and beyond were used to illustrate the technical details and demonstrate best practices.

The workshop was hosted by DTE Energy, organized by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and developed in partnership with the Michigan Energy Office, the Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association (MSSLA), Consumers Energy, and NextEnergy. MSSLA’s involvement demonstrates the potential economic impact of advanced lighting technology in Michigan for consumers and industry; the LED industry in Michigan is vibrant, growing with the technology, and a source of job growth.

The workshop was organized with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Technical Information Network for Solid-State Lighting.