Panelist Sofya Shuster, Vice President of Real Estate Finance at ING Capital in New York touched on investments and incentives to influence and encourage sustainable practices and what other countries, like the Netherlands are doing to implement these resources.
Con Edison Incentives and Big Shine LED Quality
During the event, three special speakers from Con Edison took the stage. Business Development Manager Arman Hamamdjian explained Con Edison’s 40 to 70 percent incentives increase in the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) program on energy-efficient equipment upgrades, which will last until the end of the program’s fiscal year in October. And on top of the incentive bonus, Con Edison is providing up to 15 percent more incentives for the Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods.
Manager of Energy Efficiency Mahdi Jawad educated the audience on their incentive navigator tool, useful for calculating incentive estimates for energy-efficient projects.
Lighting Engineer Peter Jacobson gave a rundown of why it’s beneficial to consider networked lighting controls and the special incentives Con Edison will honor for such projects. Overall, the crowd received a sense of why it’s important and valuable to act now when it comes to sustainable conversions within New York City property and building spaces.
To conclude the speaking portion, Big Shine Energy Executive Director, Eduard Rodriguez segued into LED lighting quality, explaining the crucial factors to consider when choosing energy-efficient lighting as it relates to sustainability.
Educational Sessions: LED Lighting 101 and Photometric Analysis
Big Shine Energy’s Photometric Engineer walked attendees through interactive photometric demonstrations with an engaging lecture on lighting levels.
Overall, the symposium provided guests with a comprehensive understanding of urban sustainability and the importance of acting now to keep in step with the City’s new laws. The property owners, energy managers and architects in attendance got a better sense of where to begin so that they can actively contribute to a more carbon-neutral future, starting in the Big Apple. Big Shine offered free lighting audit sign-ups for anyone ready to act now.