TVA gives check to Ripley's Aquarium for energy savings

Ryan DeSear speaks about energy saving improvements at Ripley's Aquarium during news conference on Tuesday. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was given a huge check on Tuesday for energy saving upgrades by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA presented a check for $60,130.00 for finishing the TVA Energy Right Solutions. The money is the difference in a rebate offer for businesses who've completed the program.

"TVA estimated that we would, pretty much to be honest with you, be able to save close to $100,000 a year in electrical cost and I think in a year we're probably close to that," said Ryan DeSear, General Manager of Ripley's Tennessee. "We've saved a whole lot of money so far and we've had the program in place for 5 or 6 months at this point."

Ripley's improvements included converting to LED lighting and switching to waterless urinals.

DeSear says he's seen a difference in utility bills since the changes were made. Other Ripley's attractions are currently making the switch to LED lighting.

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