MEEA recently completed administration of its annual Solid-State Lighting Plans and Perceptions Survey, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technical Information Network for Solid-State Lighting Program (TINSSL). The 2013 Midwest Solid-State Lighting Plans and Perceptions Survey Summary Report of Findings, derived from the 2013 Survey is available on MEEA’s main website and offers insights into solid-state lighting (SSL) perceptions throughout the Midwest.
In order to realize the Midwestern potential to contribute to the energy savings offered by the adoption of SSL, it is critical to understand the current environment around SSL adoption throughout the Midwest. MEEA’s primary goal in survey administration was to query entities within the Midwest to provide a snapshot of regional attitudes toward SSL, how those attitudes are informing energy efficiency program activity, current successes and limitations of SSL programs, and what can be done by the lighting industry and energy efficiency groups to advance SSL adoption swiftly, yet sensibly.
The analysis of the survey was split between program entities and commercial entities. Almost two-thirds of program respondents felt they receive too little SSL information, an increase from 2011, which may show greater interest in SSL among program respondents. Most notably, respondents from both the program and commercial side did not feel they received too much SSL information.
The U.S. Department of Energy was cited as the most used resource by program entities and the second most used resource by commercial respondents. Overall, DOE resources were reportedly utilized fairly evenly by both groupings although DOE program preference varied. The reported use of federal information sources has also grown on the program side. Nearly all commercial respondents are considering coupling SSL with additional efficiency technologies. As noted in the 2011 report, adoption of these additional measures may help bring the pay-back period of many SSL systems into the realm of feasibility. It would be interesting to further investigate why the commercial respondents displayed more interest in coupling strategies than program entities (60% of program entities did not respond to this particular question).
Respondents continue to show a high interest in identifying product quality, proven program strategies and best practices, and learning about retrofitting with SSL. By continuing this survey on an annual basis, MEEA is tracking how SSL plans and perceptions are shifting over time. The previous surveys can be found here. For more information and resources on SSL, please visit the Midwest LEDers page on mwalliance.org.