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Sara Lee and Lime Energy award baking BEST


September 15, 2010
By Bakers Journal

September 15, 2010, Elk Grove
Village, IL – Sara Lee and Lime Energy were honoured with this year’s Building
Environmental Sustainability Together (BEST) in Baking Award.

The two companies were recognized
for their joint effort to save energy and reduce operating costs in 17 bakeries
across the United States.

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Energy saving improvements included
rolling out new energy efficient lighting at Sara Lee’s Downers Grove plant,
including its baking operations, warehouse, office and some exterior portions
of the plant. Together Sara Lee and Lime Energy achieved an estimated
8.1million kilowatt-hour per year reduction in energy demand, which is the
equivalent of taking 933 passenger cars permanently off the road. In addition,
the pair has reduced peak demand by as much as 990 kilowatts, or enough energy
to power 800 homes.

Further environmental benefits from
the reductions at the Sara Lee plant include avoiding the emission of 10
million pounds of carbon dioxide and preventing the emission of 26,000 pounds
of nitrogen oxides, which are believed to be the leading cause of smog and acid
precipitation.

“We are delighted to receive this
award in recognition for the work we have done for Sara Lee and happy to
deliver these savings to our customer,” says Dan Parke, president of Lime
Energy, in a news release. “The baking industry has raised the bar by
establishing this award, and by making a statement that it supports solutions
that promote sustainability. Lime Energy is committed to working with our
customers to design and install solutions that save energy and reduce operating
costs.”