CMTA came through in a big way for the Kentucky Exposition Center. The demand from the Kentucky State Fair was 2 Megawatts (2,000 kilowatts) less than previous years, which reduced the subsequent 11 months of electric bills because of the ratchet effect. During the construction period and first year of operation, the project has saved $633,928, plus received a $219,439 energy rebate, for total savings of $853,367. This amount exceeded the guaranteed savings for this period by over $426,781. In other words, the project has had a surplus of $426,781 after all debt payments were made! This savings boosted the Kentucky Exposition Center’s bottom line.
As a bonus, we improved the air quality inside the facility which was critical for events such as the Kentucky State Fair’s agricultural show with thousands of livestock, horses, and other animals inside the building. This project benefited our environment and local communities air quality, eliminating more than 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The project is a true win-win!