News Release
Release No.STELPRD4013977
ContactErnie Watson505-761-4951
USDA funds offset the cost of an energy efficient lighting system
Albuquerque, Jan 12, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner earlier today participated in the dedication of the new energy efficient lighting system recently installed at Compass Components Inc. (CCI) in Deming, New Mexico. CCI is a manufacturer of wiring harness assemblies for buses and other electrical components.

The installation of the new lighting system at the 90,000 square foot assembly plant completes the company’s modernization of its facility which includes a new solar energy system.

During the dedication ceremony, Brunner said, “Rural Development is in the forefront in rebuilding our countries economy by providing the resources to help rural businesses modernize their operations.” Brunner added, “This investment will definitely help CCI in its quest to be more energy efficient which at the same time will allow this company to improve its bottom line.”

The funding was made through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which helps farmers, ranchers and businesses in rural America with loan and grant financial support to install renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements.

CCI received a $48,000 REAP grant to offset the cost of installing the $198,000 energy efficient lighting system. The new lighting system replaces 630 fluorescent tube lights with 48 energy-efficient T-8 Hi-Bay lights. By doing so the company will see an estimated fifty-two percent savings in its monthly lighting bill. Also, the new system replaces the old fixtures which used ballasts which contain liquid PCB’s. PCB production was banned in 1979 because of its toxicity and classification as a persistent organic pollutant. The ballasts were removed and disposed of properly by a waste management company from Arizona.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at