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Retrofit Uses Cutting Edge Energy Efficiencies

How Mile Hi Received $426,000 in Rebates

By: | January 6, 2015 12:14 pm

McDonalds, Red Robin and Wendy’s require millions of hamburger buns each month to satisfy their customers. And for years Mile Hi Bakery in Denver, Colorado has been answering this demand with their high-speed capability. But when this regional bakery reached operating capacity, a new bakery facility was required to sustain operations and accommodate future growth. And new cutting edge energy efficiencies were explored.

Big energy efficiencies with big objectives

By leveraging the Energy Design Assistance (EDA) program from Xcel Energy, Mile Hi was able to use an analysis of the entire structure of the building. This process mapped out goals to maximize energy savings that were cost effective for the short- and long-term.

The Result?

A complete building make-over was created that included a wide range of cutting-edge solutions. These included skylights, heat recovery, an ammonia-based refrigeration system, new roofing materials and more — all of which helped contribute to a first-ever LEED gold certification for a bakery. Plus Mile Hi Bakery enjoyed $426,000 in rebates along with annual energy cost savings of $348,000.

Get a fact sheet on Energy Design Assistance  here.

Your business, large small or most anywhere in between is eligible to receive free, on-site lighting assessments that can determine what lighting upgrades can have the biggest impact on reducing energy costs. These assessments also identify rebates and provide assistance with completing and submitting rebate paperwork. For more information, call a program representative at 1-877-287-2250, an efficiency specialist at 1-855-839-8862, or to learn about Energy Design Assistance visit here.


*Savings estimates are based on energy modeling techniques and calculated using Xcel Energy’s 2016 Minnesota Retail Rate Estimates for CIP Studies. The average estimated peak energy reduction for Energy Design Assistance program participants is 25 percent. Results can vary depending on project. Read more EDA case studies like this one.



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