In its ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption on campus, Arizona State University has worked with several sustainability partners on a new energy project at its on-campus arena. Working with Ameresco, Musco Sports Lighting, ASU Facilities Development and Management, and University Sustainable Practices, the university converted Wells Fargo Arena — home to men’s and women’s basketball and other varsity Sun Devils sports teams — into the first installed and operational LED lit athletic facility in the nation at the top level of NCAA sports.
The project improved the lighting in the facility, which approaches its 30th anniversary next May, but it also had a greater effect. The installation will reduce energy consumption at the arena by 75 percent. The energy savings will save the university an estimated $284,000 in energy costs and another $70,000 in maintenance costs.
Weber State University was the first NCAA school to install an LED lighting system in June with Arizona State’s lighting installation becoming fully operational in August. Notre Dame and Michigan State are also currently implementing LED lighting in their respective arenas.