Philips Lightolier – Fall River, MA - Case Study


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Founded in 1904, Philips Lightolier has long been an innovator in the electric lighting industry with its headquarters located in Fall River, MA. Philips Lightolier is a leader in the development of energy-efficient lighting and controls, from high performance fixtures, to smart controls, and the integration of electronics. New fixtures introduced by several different company brands achieve more than 90% efficiency in emitting the light output from the lamps they house. Lightolier also addresses sustainability in its own facilities. In addition to energy conservation measures and continuous improvement in product design and material content, they have made significant progress in improving manufacturing processes across the company. For example, at their headquarters in Fall River, MA, recent achievements include an 82% reduction in volatile air emissions, a 30% decrease in the use of toxic chemicals, and a 58% decline in toxic chemical bi-products.

Client Need:

In addition to the energy efficiency goals achieved in its manufacturing process, Philips Lightolier sought even greater success by implementing renewable energy sources to reduce its electricity load, as well as its carbon emissions. Philips Lightolier contacted Boreal to evaluate its site for a wind installation.

Solution: Wind Feasibility Arrow Design Arrow Procurement ArrowInstallation

Boreal completed a feasibility study, economic analysis and a design plan for a 2 MW wind turbine. As the project moved to the development stage, Boreal acted as owner’s engineer in procuring the turbine and construction contractor. Our duties included defining project scope, goals and technical standards for the project bid documents. We evaluated the bid responses from both the construction contractors and the turbine suppliers, and we managed the utility interconnection process.

Boreal also assisted Philips Lightolier submit and qualify for Federal and State grants. As a public-private collaboration, the state supported the project through two Massachusetts Clean Energy Center grants: $40,000 for the feasibility study and $500,000 for the design and construction of the turbine.


The 2 MW wind turbine is expected to produce up to 70 percent of the facility's electricity needs. In addition, the turbine will offset the production of nearly 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the project -- furthering the Commonwealth's nation-leading greenhouse gas reduction goals. In accordance with the Global Warming Solutions Act signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2008, Massachusetts must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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