NRCS Practice Standard: Energy Efficient Lighting System (670)

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NRCS Practice Standard: Energy Efficient Lighting System (670)

About the Company:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.

The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.

Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.

To find a local NRCS Service center click here.

To find the specific guideline for each state click here.

About the Solution:

Energy Efficient Lighting System (670)

An agricultural lighting system with increased energy efficiency.

Practice Information

NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Energy Efficient Lighting System (Code 670) is applied to improve energy efficiency of agricultural lighting systems. The practice applies to any agricultural facility with an electrical lighting system and may include luminaires (lamps, ballast, and housing), controls, and wiring as appropriate. This includes all agricultural operations, including, but not limited to animal housing, greenhouses, on farm processing facilities, and farmyard lighting.

The plan for an energy efficient lighting system is based on the lighting needs of the facility for the intended purpose of each area or space. An assessment evaluating the potential for increased energy efficiency and savings is necessary to select more energy efficient system components. The intended use of the facility also needs to be considered to select materials that are rated for dusty, moist, or potentially corrosive environments such as animal housing. In some cases, lighting system modifications may impact heating, cooling, or ventilation requirements for the facility. These impacts are often minor, but they should be considered when planning changes to the lighting system. Installation of system components and any potential modification to electrical wiring may require permits and a licensed contractor to complete the work.

Energy efficient lighting systems require maintenance over the expected 10-year life of the practice to maintain desired lighting levels and performance.

Common Associated Practices

NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Energy Efficient Lighting System (Code 670) is commonly applied with other conservation practices such as:

  • Energy Efficient Building Envelope (Code 672)
  • Energy Efficient Agricultural Operation (Code 374)

  • To view the national NRCS standard for Energy Efficient Lighting System please click here.

    Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC United States 1-833-ONE-USDA Visit Company Website

    Solution Type

    • General Support and Other


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    • GHG

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    Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators

    NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.

    General Support & Other:

    • Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
    • Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
    • This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.

    Newtrient Comments/Opinions:

    Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.

    To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.

    The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.

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