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Harsco Rail



Maxlite MLRT24D5541

Maxlite MLR22D4541

Material and labor


Five-year savings


Rebates and incentives

SCEG $87,000

Maintenance cost reduction


Net project cost


Harsco Rail headquarters are in West Columbia, South Carolina, and they worked with Shealy Energy — now Border States — to develop an upgraded lighting plan for their office.

Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corporation, is one of the largest railroad maintenance equipment companies in the western hemisphere. They are an international source for over 130 types and models of railway track construction maintenance machines, road/rail vehicles and contract services. Harsco Rail was looking to reduce their energy consumption, improve the lighting conditions for employees and minimize their carbon footprint.


Harsco Rail decided to replace fluorescent lighting throughout the office to reduce power consumption and improve lighting conditions for employees. The goals of the Harsco Rail office relighting project were:

  • Obtain uniform light
  • Improve illumination and color
  • Reduce eye fatigue
  • Install motion sensor technology
  • Reduce carbon footprint

Harsco Rail worked with us to devise a plan to upgrade their lighting system. The system included 365 2×4 ceiling mounted LED fixtures, 245 2×2 ceiling mounted LED fixtures, 40 switch plate mounted motion sensors and 28 ceiling mounted motion sensors.

Harsco Rail was preapproved for a rebate incentive from SCE&G through their EnergyWise program. The rebate covered nearly 50% of the project cost, and 610 fixtures were replaced with LED.

The initial project cost was $174,000. Since Harsco was approved for both the SCE&G rebate and incentive program and EPACT deduction, Harsco was able to reduce the project cost to $87,000. Harsco recouped 57% in their first year.


Harsco achieved their goals by replacing the existing fluorescent lighting throughout all office areas. These changes led to reduced overall power consumption and improved lighting conditions for their employees. There is now a more uniform and natural appearance of the light in the building. The installed motion sensor technology allowed for an additional 25% energy consumption reduction. The employees have noticed less eye fatigue and strain with the new fixtures.