Jenna Trakalo, CDM Specialist, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro; Bob LeBold, Physical Resources Coordinator for MCC Ontario; and John Head, the Executive Director for MCC Ontario.

Mennonite Central Committee Ontario receives $6,500 for lighting upgrades
By Exchange Magazine
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario received $6,559 for energy efficient upgrades made to its boutique thrift store and warehouse at 50 Kent Avenue.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is an international relief, development, and peace organization that values “creation care”. In 2013, MCC began building its new 55,000 square foot facility, working to make it as sustainable as possible. However, the cost of installing LED lighting wasn’t in the budget, so the team installed energy efficient fluorescent fixtures and pot lights, and continued to save in hopes they could one day install LED lighting.

In 2017, Bob Lebold, Physical Resources Coordinator at MCC, attended a breakfast hosted by Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and learned about the free lighting assessments offered under the Save On Energy Retrofit Program, and reached out to Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro to learn more.

The assessment revealed significant potential savings could be achieved by upgrading to LED lights. New energy efficient, locally made fixtures were installed in spring 2017, and the savings were immediate. Electricity costs dropped by 40 per cent in one month, and the quality of the light improved, making it easier for volunteers to sort goods or direct the light to bring out the colours in clothing displayed in the thrift shop.

By making the change, MCC is saving more than 57,000 kilowatt hours each year, and received an incentive cheque for $6,559 through the Save On Energy Retrofit Program.

MCC is using the financial and energy savings from the upgrade to benefit people in need in Ontario and around the world.

To learn more about Save On Energy incentives and programs that can benefit your bottom line, please contact Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro’s Conservation team at 519-745-4771 extension 6317, or email

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