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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Stripes Convenience Stores received a reward check totaling $39,192 from American Electric Power's (AEP) Texas Commercial Solutions Program for retrofitting, upgrading and improving the HVAC systems and LED lighting at several of its Texas locations.
The amount of the incentive check was determined by the total amount of energy Stripes will save. According to the c-store division of Susser Holdings Corp., the upgrades will save nearly 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, equivalent to the average electricity use of 101 homes per year.
“Since joining the AEP Texas Commercial Solutions Program in early 2009, our team has been deploying best-in-class, energy-efficient HVAC equipment and LED lighting technologies,” said Richard Sebastian, senior vice president of retail operations for Susser Holdings.
By joining the AEP program, Stripes also received no-cost technical assistance to ensure it selected the proper high-efficiency equipment.
“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets our commercial customers,” said Monica Craig, program manager for AEP. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed energy efficiency to Texas.”
Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. operates 627 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, with 580 operating under the Stripes brand and 47 carrying the Sac-N-Pac banner. Laredo Taco Co. quick-service restaurants are located in approximately 400 of these locations.