2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year Announced



Source: Residental Lighting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have named five lighting and fan companies among the 149 organizations to receive a 2016 Energy Star® Partner of the Year Award. The lighting winners — Big Ass Solutions, Eaton, MaxLite, Metro Lighting and Panasonic Eco Solutions — have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency and lead the industry in the production and sale of energy-efficient lighting products.

The winners were chosen from a network of 16,000 Energy Star partners including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders.

Lighting companies are recognized in categories including Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year and Excellence.

The MaxLite team celebrated their win at the Energy Star ceremony on April 13. Jacob Moss (second from right), Acting Deputy Director Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. EPA, presents to (from left) MaxLite’s Corporate Communications Manager Amy Silver, President and CEO Yon Sung and Vice President of OEM Sales Chris Primous.

Big Ass Solutions: Excellence

Big Ass Solutions is a manufacturer of highly efficient overhead and directional fans and LED lights for residential, commercial and industrial use. The company is receiving Energy Star recognition for its clear demonstration that energy efficiency and environmental considerations are paramount to producing quality products for the American consumer. Key 2015 accomplishments include expanding its Haiku line of ceiling fans and holding the top 18 ceiling fans recognized as Energy Star Most Efficient 2015.

Eaton: Partner of the Year

Eaton delivers a wide range of indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. The company is receiving Partner of the Year recognition for its offering of Energy Star-certified products in the recessed downlight category and its commitment to educating distributors, retailers and builders about Energy Star and to helping improve customer experiences with energy efficient lighting. In 2015, Eaton trainined more than 40,000 retailer and distributor employees on Energy Star through a variety of vehicles, including the Cooper Lighting SOURCE training facility, e-mail, newsletters, online videos and in-store events.

MaxLite: Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence

For more than 20 years, MaxLite has provided energy-efficient lighting solutions to the architectural, commercial, industrial and residential markets, making it a priority to develop state-of-the-art CFL and LED products for a wide range of applications. The company is receiving Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence recognition for its active support of the Energy Star fixture and lamp programs, with solutions, outreach and education that help others understand the benefits of Energy Star. This is the third year in a row, and fourth time overall, that MaxLite has received this award. In 2015, MaxLite increased its offering of Energy Star-certified LED models by 78 percent and introduced the first 120VAC LED light engines that meet the new Luminaires V2.0 definitions.

Metro Lighting: Excellence

Metro Lighting is receiving recognition for serving as a trusted Energy Star resource for the greater St. Louis community and for continuing to increase its Energy Star-certified product offerings by emphasizing the importance of Energy Star to vendors, promoting the latest certified LED technology and communicating the connection between energy, Energy Star and the climate. Key 2015 accomplishments include continuing its commitment to increase stock of a variety of Energy Star-certified fixtures, bulbs and fans.

Panasonic Eco Solutions: Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, a unit company of Panasonic North America, offers a comprehensive line of high-performance ventilation solutions, with virtually every eligible fan Energy Star-certified. The company is receiving Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence recognition for demonstrating a commitment to efficient residential ventilation through exceptional product design and innovative consumer outreach efforts. Key 2015 accomplishments include continuing to innovate its already comprehensive product line by introducting the SelectCycler System, an integrated whole-house ventilation solution designed exclusively to work with Panasonic’s Energy Star Most Efficient 2015 WhisperGreen Select fan.