Lighting Technology Energy Solutions

Did you know?

  • Lighting accounts for more than 16% of electricity usage in small to medium sized commercial buildings (under 100,000 square feet)
  • More than 97% of all commercial buildings fall into this size category
  • Advanced/networked lighting controls were shown to reduce energy use on average over 29% at the 10 small and medium commercial buildings that participated as LiTES Program Measurement & Verification sites.

In February 2020, NextEnergy wrapped up the Lighting Technology Energy Solutions (LiTES) Program, a three-year public-private partnership with the DOE, DTE, Consumers Energy, and IBEW.

The LiTES Program, funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), sought to reduce energy use in small and medium commercial buildings (SMCB) by accelerating the adoption of advanced/networked lighting controls (ALC/NLC) through contractor training and technology deployment. Leveraging recommendations already outlined by the Design Lights Consortium Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (DLC CALC) project, NextEnergy led an effort to train contractors, evaluate the experience of ALC/NLC demonstration projects, identify opportunities to reduce market barriers, and accelerate the increased adoption of ALC/NLC technologies within SMCB, which represent 90% of the U.S. commercial building stock.

Over the course of the program, we deployed advanced/networked lighting controls (ALC/NLC) technology in 27 small to medium commercial buildings and measurement & verification (M&V) performed at 10 of the sites found ALC/NLC reduce energy use on average 29.19% in addition to installing lighting upgrades alone. M&V performed at 10 select sites was shown to net overall energy savings of 515,968kWh, corresponding to GHG emission reductions equivalent to 299.45 metric tons avoided CO2. Through the LiTES Program, we trained over 300 building owners, contractors, facility manager, installers and property managers. We also issued over 350 surveys to industry stakeholders and received valuable feedback from utilities, building owners, property managers, contractors and trainees on ALC/NLC on the value of utility incentives, technology benefits and market barriers.

Additionally, LiTES Program incentives for small to medium commercial customers were shown to offset customers project costs by an average of 22.77%, ranging from a low of 4.09% to high at the cap of 50 of project costs. ALC/NLC system costs averaged $0.66/kWh energy savings achieved 11.91 kWh/dollar of utility incentive invested.

Full details on the LiTES Program Findings can be found in the following reports:

For more information, please reach out to Eric McDonald, NextEnergy Director of Facilities & Infrastructure.


Contractors and electricians: gain new skills to help your customers save money and energy

Get your skills up to date on the most advanced networked lighting control technologies and installation methods. You’ll also learn about sales tools, benefits and new business models that will help you have a real impact on your customer’s bottom line.

  • The Michigan Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (MALCTP) is provided by the Detroit Electrical Institute Training Center (EITC) in Warren, MI. MALCTP provides comprehensive training and certification for electricians and electrical contractors which include the integration of advanced lighting controls, system troubleshooting, design and maintenance. Classes are restricted to IBEW-NECA contractors. Please visit: for more information.
  • The Lighting Controls Association provides free, comprehensive online education about lighting controls technology and application, via their Education Express portal. Register here.
  • Both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy continue to host training opportunities for their respective trade ally networks and customers. Your local utility may also provide training. Please contact your utility directly to learn more about their upcoming training opportunities.

Advanced/Networked lighting controls (ALC/NLC) are becoming increasingly more cost-effective and energy efficient systems that are easier to install and commission. Additionally, system benefits are evolving beyond lighting to help improve the comfort, productivity and security within our buildings.

Measurement and Verification (M&V) performed at 10 demonstration sites resulted in achieved energy savings ranging from 3.67% to 46.55% and an average 29.19% reduction in energy use reduction attributed to the implementation of ALC/NLC systems in small and medium commercial buildings. Additionally, the 10 M&V sites net overall energy savings of 515,968kWh, corresponding to GHG emission reductions equivalent to 299.45 metric tons avoided CO2.

The DesignLights® (DLC) identifies systems that are eligible for utility rebates and incentives by meeting minimum DLC Technical Requirements.

Download a list of DLC Qualified Products.

Utility incentives are available and continue to support increased ALC/NLC market adoption in commercial buildings. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both continue to provide incentives for advanced/networked lighting controls projects for their commercial and industrial customers. To learn more about their respective incentive programs, please visit:

Search for additional utility incentive programs that provide rebates on energy-efficient lighting solutions, or visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy Efficiency to search for policies, incentives and financing programs near you.

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