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YVR Installs Largest Apron LED Lighting System in Canada


Photo: YVR Airport Authority

YVR continues to strive amongst the global leaders in airport sustainability with the addition of a new state-of-the-art LED lighting system.

The lighting system is by Musco Lighting, and significantly reduces YVR’s power consumption. In addition, it expands lighting coverage and increases safety for pilots, air traffic controllers, and ground crews.

Furthermore, BC Hydro provided incentives for the project through its Industrial Energy Manager program. YVR has participated in the program for over ten years.

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Sustainable Airport

“Our primary objective is to operate and maintain a safe, secure and sustainable airport. The new apron lighting system significantly reduces YVR’s energy consumption, while streamlining operations and improving safety with improved coverage, reduced glare, and increased lighting levels. It’s a win-win situation,” said Don Ehrenholz, Vice President, Engineering, Vancouver Airport Authority.

The new lighting system is now a part of YVR’s existing structures. The nature of the system allows for high-quality light only to be used in specific situations.

Moreover, the system is backed by a long-term warranty. It covers parts and labor, guaranteeing no additional costs for the next 10 years.

“Every lighting project is unique. Lighting airports brings a number of additional considerations, and at an airport with the size and scope of YVR, the challenges are even more extensive. So this has been a milestone project, and the team at YVR has been outstanding to work with,” said Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Musco Lighting.

On average, the LED lighting system is going to save 715,000 kWhrs/year which is the equivalent of powering 72 residential households annually.

Not to mention, it also falls in line with YVR’s 2015-2019 Environmental Management Plan.

The plan’s four strategic priorities are to:

  • reduce waste
  • reduce potable water consumption
  • improve ecosystem health
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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