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Ripley’s Aquarium receives $60k TVA rebate for energy efficiency

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies received $60,130 for successfully completing the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Right Solutions for Business Standard Rebate Offer.

 The Aquarium met all the requirements of the energy efficient program by reducing energy consumption, water consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

 The TVA Energy Rights Solutions for Business is based on increasing a company’s energy efficiency and helps businesses save money and protect their natural resources. When qualifying businesses invest in energy savings, they receive an incentive payment to help offset other costs.

 “We are so grateful for this kind rebate check. Ripley Entertainment Tennessee is committed to do our part to protect the environment by completing this plan of green initiatives put together by TVA,” Ryan DeSear, General Manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies said.

 Some of the green efforts completed by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies include: upgrading the lighting by reducing the electrical usage by 601,922 kwh (kilowatt) hours annually by converting inefficient lighting to LED lighting; switching to waterless urinals which save 360,000 gallons of freshwater per year and CO2 Emissions and a 415 metric ton reduction, reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. These gases are the byproduct of energy production and a major contributor to pollution and global warning.

 “We look forward to using these funds to carry on more green efforts. I would like to thank Leon Cornet, Shoffner Electric, Lucas Harkleroad, Sevier County Electric, Tom Irwin, TVA, and Jay Bryan, Director of Maintenance and Engineering for Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for all their hard work in helping us meeting all the requirements to receive the money from TVA,” DeSear said.