The 'Green' Incentive | Why Daylighting?

With energy rates at an all time high and approximately two-thirds of electricity attributed to Lighting, Fans, and Cooling in traditional buildings, Active Daylighting makes dollars and sense.

Tax Incentives

A growing number of tax incentives and subsidies are becoming available from local utilities and governments for the implementation of daylighting systems in association with new laws being passed requiring buildings to meet higher standards of energy efficiency. For example, in California, Title 24 requires buildings of 25,000+ sq ft. and a minimum 15 ft. height to illuminate at least 50% of their floor space with natural daylighting.

Search the virtual library at www.dsireusa.org (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) to find out which Federal, State, and Local tax credits, rebates, and incentives you are eligible for.

The 'Green' Incentive | Why Daylighting?


Utility companies are now designing new rates to reflect the increasing changes in energy efficient technologies. One California utility recently threatened its customers to triple peak usage rates!1 Interestingly though, these inflated rates are imposed during the middle of the day when it is easiest to take advantage of daylighting. Actions like this by utility companies are helping to catapult the social acceptance of daylighting systems, while at the same time greatly improving the time-frame for the return on investment of the initial purchase

How much of a difference can daylighting make?

High-end clothing manufacturer Patagonia recently furnished their distribution center in Reno, Nevada with Ciralight's Smart Skylights to reduce electricity consumption. Upon installation, the facility's need for artificial lighting dropped by two-thirds and operating costs, including HVAC, fell by a third. One reason for this reduction in operating costs is that the spectral content of natural light produces about 2.5 times as many lumens per kWh of cooling load than electric lighting does. 2

Wall Street is taking notice of the Green trend as well. According to a recent Fortune magazine article on CNNmoney.com, "In addition to chasing investment opportunities in areas like renewable energy, alternative fuels and carbon trading, investment banks are slowly 'greening-up' their own facilities with energy-saving systems."

The article also notes that, "Going green has PR value, and helps a firm's recruitment efforts, but it's more than a marketing tool: Based on a recent analysis by the U.S. Green Business Council, the aggregate total return of publicly held companies affiliated with the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) outperformed the Dow by over 18 percent from 2000 to 2004." 3

Return On Investment (ROI)

Ciralight has developed a form to calculate the return on the initial purchase of Smart Skylights based on business/building variables affected by daylighting. Typically, the return on investment through energy savings alone is generally 15% to 35% or more, depending on a number of factors (% of sunny days, latitude, cost per kWh, days of operation, tax rate, government and/or utility rebates, peak kWh rates, etc). However, once additional components such as increased productivity and reduced absenteeism are factored in, the actual return can quickly and easily eclipse this.

Find out more about our Return on Investment form and how quickly you can expect your purchase of Smart Skylights to pay itself back by downloading our CLG ROI Questionnaire and returning to us, or by Contacting Us today.

1: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050128/news_1n28electric.html
2: http://www.leonardo-energy.org/webfm_send/206
3: "Wall Street's Green Machine" Money.CNN.com, 10/26/2006