Denver, CO–Richard Grays Power Company has launched a new campaign to educate its certified dealer base about the potential tax credits and other energy efficiency benefits that its power management systems can provide. The campaign kicks off at CEDIA EXPO 2008 with an RGPC PowerVault training session on Friday, September 5th, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 606.
Clearly, we are not saying the PowerVault or any RGPC product is green, said RGPC president Rick Komendera. However, if an RGPC dealer can sell a $25,000 power management device like PowerVault because the homeowner offsets a percentage of that cost with rebates or tax credits earned by installing a renewable energy system, everyone benefitsthe dealer, the homeowner and the planet.
All RGPC product trainings and certifications now will cover tips and selling points about intelligent energy consumption. The company particularly aims to communicate best practices for making AV installations as efficient as possible with the help of RGPC products.
For example, the RGPC Extender IP allows an installer to program time- or action-based triggers that can shut down all connected equipment, thus greatly reducing standby energy consumption. Many dealers and consumers remain unaware of just how much energy electronics consume in seemingly harmless standby mode; according to the U.S. Governments ENERGY STAR program, U.S. households spend $100 a year just on standby power. RGPC customers, most of whom have more electronics in their homes than the average consumer does, likely spend even more on this silent but significant expense.
Beyond its product trainings, RGPC will further support its intelligent energy consumption initiative by sending relevant information to dealers via its Gray Matter newsletter. It also will address the issue in future marketing materials.
A growing number of state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy are available to the public. The various incentives differ from state to state, even city to city; for a full listing, RGPC encourages its dealers and their clients to visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables Efficiency. The site provides information about hundreds of programs that custom installers can use as valuable selling tools or differentiators when proposing new projects.
Because some RGPC power management products, such as the PowerVault, integrate with renewable energy systems, they can potentially qualify for incentives. PowerVault can dramatically increase the efficiency and reliability of renewable energy sources; it stores excess power that is created during peak generating conditions in order to deliver power when a user needs it, not just when nature supplies it. A hybrid PowerVault/generator system can reduce generator runtime and fuel consumption by up to 75 percent, while providing an indefinite supply of clean and constant AC power.
The RGPC PowerVault is ETL listed. Authorized RGPC dealers must receive certification training before they can perform installations. MSRP of the PowerVault, now shipping, starts from $24,500.