Mars Super Markets (Baltimore, MD) was named winner of the first "EnVisioneer of the Year" award from refrigeration components supplier Danfoss. The announcement was made May 13 following the Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium "Rx: Systems Approach to Net Zero" held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Mars initiated an energy efficiency program to reduce costs and improve operations at its facilities in the Baltimore area. The company met its objective through multiple rebate offerings from the Baltimore Gas & Electric Smart Energy Savers program, managed by ICF-International. Rebates totaled $226,750, with an estimated payback of 2.36 years. Mars saved more than 3 million kilowatt-hours per year at its retail stores, distribution center, and corporate headquarters. The company installed LED lights, used Danfoss anti-sweat heater controls on its refrigeration cases, and employed Danfoss variable frequency drives on motors that run its heating and cooling systems.
"We wanted to recognize a Danfoss customer who exemplifies the core values of EnVisioneering and uses our products to realize significant energy and environmental savings," said Robert Wilkins, president of Danfoss North America. "Mars clearly met the objectives of the EnVisioneer of the Year competition and is realizing the benefits of the BG&E Smart Energy Savers program. We applaud their efforts."
To recognize Mars’ achievement, Wilkins and Michael Ivanovich, president of The Ivanovich Group and head of the EnVisioneer of the Year judging panel, presented Snyder with a crystal trophy at a private reception in the Library of Congress. Danfoss also donated $5,000 on behalf of Mars Super Market to the Alliance to Save Energy, an environmental advocacy group committed to advancing energy efficiency policy in the U.S.
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