Peninsula Packaging


Ever wonder where your recycled plastic bottles end up? In Peninsula Packaging’s commitment towards sustainability, they are the largest consumer of recycled drink bottles for production of various food packaging products in the United States and have diverted over 42 million pounds of recycled plastic bottles from the landfill. Additionally, they own and operate the largest privately funded photovoltaic (solar) farm in North America. In efforts to further their sustainability goals, Peninsula Packaging were searching to find the best option for their lighting efficiency enhancements.

While aspiring towards an effective solution to increase the lighting quality, efficiency, and lumen output for their 110,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility in Wilson, NC, they were struggling to find a partner who provided a reasonable value along with a turn-key solution. GreenTech Solution Group’s ability to provide a complete service from proof of concept to installation aligned with Peninsula’s desired need for a one-stop-shop solutions provider. GreenTech also offered a Waste Stream Report which validated the disposal and recycling destinations of the generated waste from the removal of older lighting fixtures. As a result, Peninsula Packaging experienced successful achievements due to the lighting retrofits:

  • 1.5 year payback period
  • 70% reduction of energy and maintenance cost
  • 52,320W in projected annual wattage savings  
  • $40,949 in annual operational cost savings

Along with these achievements, Peninsula Packaging also reduced their adverse impact on the surrounding environment often experienced with the use of old lighting technologies. By replacing all of their 400W metal halide magnetic fixtures with 185W LED linear highbay fixtures by Philips, they significantly reduced their company’s ecological footprint. With a 72% annual reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the release of 420.5 tons of CO2 has been avoided over a 10-year period. Their nitrous oxide and methane gas emissions have also been decreased by 72%, equivalent to 2.1 tons of CO2. These beneficial reductions of harmful emissions are comparable to the amount of carbon sequestered by 73 acres of trees being planted or 104 fewer cars on the road.

Peninsula Packaging exemplifies a model of responsible environmental stewardship and achieved a commendable milestone in their efforts towards sustainability. Greentech Solutions Group is proud to have been selected by Peninsula Packaging to provide resources to implement this project to further their goals to reduce their energy consumption and improve the lighting in their work areas.



Interroll, a company focused on manufacturing energy efficient drives, rollers, and conveyor modules, decided to upgrade the lighting in their factory to help reduce energy consumption. They soon realized that they were able to take this approach further by focusing on upgrading their high wattage parking lot and perimeter lighting while improving the look and safety of their facility. The problem was most of the LED applications they have looked at previously were not only very costly, but couldn’t provide an equivalent lumen output to match their 1000W pole lights.

GreenTech Solutions Group then approached Interroll with technology that has just recently hit the market in the past year as LEDs have become more powerful and more effective for high wattage applications. GreenTech recommended they upgrade their 1000W pole lights with 300W parking lot fixtures, an immediate 70% savings. These fixtures not only saved them energy, it also provided a higher light output with better visual acuity. GreenTech also upgraded the perimeter recessed can lighting, wallpacks, and sign lighting to LED technology to provide consistent color quality and provide additional savings. The financial results were very impressive with a 2.3 year payback period with annual savings at more than $9,000.00 per year.

CMI Jewelry

CMI Jewelry, a nationally recognized diamond importer of loose diamonds and fine jewelry, was faced with high operational cost due to recurrent lighting replacements. High monthly electric bills were also a concern as their store was equipped with high wattage 2700K Halogen lamps, 2700K Halogen Bi-pin lights in the jewelry cases, and outdated T12 fluorescents in the offices.

After careful consideration of their lighting configuration making note of power consumption, color rendering index, and efficiency of lighting output, 6500K 16W LED lamps for the can lighting, 6500K LED Bi-pin lights for the jewelry cases, and T5 retrofit kits for the recessed troffers in the offices were recommended and installed. A speedy payback of 1.8 years was achieved thanks to the realized energy savings and approval of the Progress Energy Rebate.

Universal Leaf


GreenTech approached Universal Leaf with the idea of assessing their external lighting at their 1.2 million square-foot plant in Nashville, NC. Illuminating the area was not only consuming vast amounts of energy, but was also becoming an operational issue as many of the lamps and ballasts were becoming dated. Many of the pole lights, flood lights, and street lights were becoming dirty and worn. Delivery trucks and cars come through these areas daily, and safety and security was becoming a concern with the low visibility demonstrated by the current lighting technology. The existing count was as follows:

  • 30 250W Ceramic MH
  • 32  400W Ceramic MH
  • 22 750W Ceramic MH
  • 69 1000W Ceramic MH

In the initial assessment, GreenTech noticed that the challenge was going to be meeting the high lumen output flood lights and parking lot lights that took up the majority of the area. While most of the pole lights, floods, and wall packs were old and degraded, all of the wall wash lights were fairly new and in good condition. This led GreenTech to recommend a combination of new fixtures and retrofits as a solution to minimize cost of ownership, reduce energy consumption, and improve light levels.

For the 250W wallpacks located on the detached buildings, GreenTech recommended replacing these with 75W LED wallpacks. This not only reduced operational costs, but provided for a consistent color of light to areas that were characterized by multiple colors (cool & warm). The same could be said for the 400W wall washers that were located around the main facility. These fixtures, however, were in good condition, so GreenTech decided to retrofit these fixtures with 120W LED retrofit kits. The end result was a consistent color and lumen output that beautified the surrounding areas and provided for greater security.

For the 750W street lights GreenTech converted these to new 200W LED fixtures and the 1000W parking lot lights were converted to an exclusive 300W fixture that both carried the same 5000k color to provide for increased pupil lumens for driver safety and security. The 1000W flood lights were replaced with state-of-the-art 280W fixtures that carry a 32,000 lumen output to increase visual lighting in the docking stations. This combination translated into 73% in lighting energy savings and the average 50,000 hour lifecycle reduced the frequency for hiring electricians and lift rentals to continually replace the lamps and ballasts as they went out.

As a result, GreenTech was able to deliver a solution that not only helped reduce lighting energy usage and operational costs, but was able to increase lumen output to maximize safety and provide for a uniform color consistency throughout the area. Although Universal Leaf opted out of the Duke Energy Rebate program due to heavy manufacturing energy usage and the facility operating at only 9 months out of the year, the following benefits were experienced:

  • 73% reduction of lighting energy usage
  • 3.7 year payback
  • 100% reduction in maintenance costs
  • 256,200W projected annual watts savings
  • $33,192 annual operational cost savings

Due to the success of the project Universal Leaf has contracted GreenTech to install LEDs in the offices and the manufacturing plants to help further their energy efficient lighting plans. Stay tuned for updates on this project!

Multi Packaging Solutions

With their commitment to sustainability, Multi Packaging Solutions succeeds in layering green features in their products, purchasing green energy credits and renewable energy credits for their sustainable energy profile, as well as practicing LEAN manufacturing programs. In furthering their sustainability efforts, MPS looked to increase their energy efficiency in their Raleigh manufacturing buildings.

“GreenTech worked diligently to provide a solution that addressed the difficulties that our complex layout presented. They not only improved our lighting quality, but were able to work within our budget constraints to deliver what no other company could offer. We are happy with the quality of their workmanship and would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking a lighting solution for their business.” – Dean Robinson, plant manager

GreenTech recommended a combination of LED highbays and tubes, induction lighting, and occupancy sensors to replace outdated and inefficient T12 fluorescence and metal halide technology, taking advantage of retrofitting existing fixtures wherever possible to reduce cost. Multi Packaging was able offset their upgrade costs by 35% thanks to the realized rebates received by Duke Progress Energy. Upon completion of the project, GreenTech recommended that MPS look into the Section 179D tax incentive to take a full tax deduction of $0.60/sqft since their energy cost was reduced by more than 25% compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2001 baseline. Through the achievement of such impressive energy savings, the use of the 179D tax deduction, and the rebate assistance of the Duke Progress Energy Efficiency for Business Program, Multi Packaging experienced a swift 1.5 year payback!  

Update: GreenTech provided a follow up interview with the plant manager recently to ensure satisfaction.  It was determined that the light output has remained stable with both LED and Induction fixtures providing the same foot-candles as the day they were installed. Since the installation of their lighting upgrade in 2014, MPS has experienced a phenomenally low failure rate of less than one percent!

Atlantic Packaging


Starting as a small town weekly newspaper in the 1940s, Atlantic Packaging blossomed and expanded over the decades into providing distribution and packaging services to their customers in over 12 different industries. Atlantic needed a solution to help lower energy usage and costs due to the outdated lighting technology at their warehouse and offices in Wilmington, NC.

Upgrading outdated lighting technology with energy-efficient lamps, ballasts, and lighting controls, makes great strides toward offsetting adverse effects on the environment by reducing an organization’s ecological footprint. When the amount of energy a company consumes is reduced, the amount of pollutants produced from traditional energy sources is inherently reduced. With the rising alert to global climate change, every action to reduce emissions at this critical time helps tremendously, both environmentally and financially. With Atlantic realizing a 63 percent reduction in energy usage, the release of 134 tons of carbon dioxide has been avoided, measurable to taking 33 cars off the road.

“GreenTech was very accommodating throughout the complete lighting upgrade process. They made sure we were completely satisfied with the outcome. They also did everything possible to make sure it was a successful project.” – Dave Robertson

By implementing GreenTech Solutions Group’s recommendations — replacing outdated T12s with efficient T5 tubes, adding occupancy sensors, and converting all metal halides to induction technology —  an impressive two-year payback has been achieved, saving more than $13,000 annually in energy costs. Additionally, utility rebates helped offset the project cost by one-third. As a result of the lighting upfit Atlantic Packaging has effectively reduced their energy consumption, environmental footprint, and financial outlay.

Wayne County Alcohol Beverage Commission

The headquarters for the Wayne County ABC were faced with many issues regarding high operational costs due to operating T12’s in their offices as well as many of their remote locations. They were constantly looking for ways to reduce their operational costs through frequent visits from the electrician to perform one-off ballast and lamp replacement as high rates. The stores image was also starting to be affected as the T12’s were getting harder and harder to source since they were banned from manufacturing in July of 2012.

Greentech was able to help alleviate the frequent visits from the electrician while reducing their cost of operation. We installed our exclusive T5 conversion kits in the headquarters and started a plan to help not only the headquarters, but their remote sites become more efficient by installing the system at the Mount Olive, LeGrange, and Goldsboro locations. The result was improved lighting performance, 65% in energy savings, and a 1.5 year return on investment.

Church of the Servant

Church of the Servant looked to GreenTech Solutions Group to provide a solution to enhance the lighting in its sanctuary that was comprised of a mixed bag of various halogen lamps with varying wattages. The lighting was very inconsistent and costly to replace because of the high distance from the floor. The pendants used 300w halogen lamps to provide enough light in the area, which created a considerable energy cost. The offices and nursery carried legacy T12 lamps that were difficult to source due to limited inventories of the dated technology.

GreenTech sourced LED products that carried enough lumen output to that of the high wattage halogens in the sanctuary while still maintaining the same warm color temperatures. The lighting design was configured to optimize the LEDs to create a spectacular layout with balanced lighting with minimal glare. For the offices and nursery, the T12s were replaced with energy-efficient T8 LED tubes, resulting in reduced energy consumption and improved environmental surroundings.

GreenTech helped the church take advantage of generous energy rebates and incentive to help finance the lighting upgrade. The Church of the Servant experienced an impressive 79% reduction in annual lighting energy usage. In addition, GreenTech donated all the labor involved in the lighting upgrade. The labor donation combined with the energy incentives gave the church a quick 1.9 year payback on its lighting investment.

The Church of the Servant was thrilled with the updated look and feel the lighting upgrade had on its house of worship. Church leaders were also pleased with the reduced energy consumption and was felt it was important that the church be good environmental stewards of the earth. They were also grateful to the people at GreenTech for the their guidance and donation to help facilitate the cost-saving upgrade.

USS Battleship North Carolina

The USS Battleship NC called upon GreenTech to follow through with a study performed by NC State University who performed an energy audit to determine areas of efficiency for the ship store and museum. The store was equipped with T12 fixtures exhibiting various colors and the museum with mixed wattage track lights.

For the Battleship, Greentech donated their time and labor by installing T5 conversion kits in the recessed troffers and cove lights and equipped the museum with new LED track lighting to improve visual consistency. The result was a dramatic reduction in energy and an updated look for visitors to the store and museum. They experienced an average of 65% reduction in energy savings with a 1.2 year payback on the entire project.

The Raleigh Building

The Raleigh Building was looking for a lighting solution to help them manage their high energy consumption but more importantly, consistent lighting with proper visual performance to help attract and retain tenants. The historical 11 story building was characterized by numerous technology including T8 and T12 fixtures in 4ft and 2ft configurations. Lenses were cracked or dirty and lamps were missing or burnt out in various areas. The management was also spending excessive money in replacing fixtures on a one off basis and trying to keep lighting specifications consistent throughout the facility.

“We had a great experience working with Greentech. Their exceptional level of knowledge and expertise of creating a solution for our building with was matched with their professional installation of our lighting system. The best team we’ve ever contracted to perform work at our facility.” – Justin Lewis

GreenTech provided an assessment for the building to help determine the optimal scenario for their building. To stay in line with budget constraints we recommended our exclusive T5 conversion kit in the offices and we offered our indirect/direct recessed retrofit kits to enhance the aesthetics in the common areas. The retrofit resulted in a 62% reduction in energy with a 3 year payback. Office lighting was uniform and maintenance costs were virtually eliminated.