The Michigan Baseball Foundation, which owns and operates Dow Diamond in Midland, received a $33,679 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network earlier this month to upgrade to LED lighting at the venue. The home of the Great Lakes Loons of the single-A Midwest League, Dow Diamond will use the grant to convert occupancy sensors and lights around the exterior and through the front entries of the ballpark.
The grant allows Michigan Baseball Foundation to expand upon energy retrofits that have already commenced around the ballpark. The first phase, completed in April 2013, upgraded hallway and suite lighting; the next phase of the energy overhaul has targeted high-traffic areas for retrofitting to gain the greatest benefits from the expenditure. When combined, all the energy initiatives will cut consumption by nearly 60,000 kilowatt-hours annually, yielding a 3.6% reduction in total energy use at the venue.
“We are grateful for the partnership with Saginaw Bay WIN on this project,” said Loons president and general manager Paul Barbeau after receiving the grant. “This gift will accelerate our conversion to LED lighting fixtures. We hope our ambitious efforts to conserve energy resources will inspire other businesses and households to consider ways that they too can conserve resources and reduce costs.”