National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) May Increase Energy Efficiency on Military Bases with Pennsylvania Made LED Lighting

Independence LED Lighting receives funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA (August 27, 2018) Independence LED Lighting announced today that it has received funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin) The funding will be used to advance Independence LED Lighting’s light-emitting diode (LED) technology offerings to reduce energy waste for U.S. military bases as well as civilian agencies and private sector facilities.

“Ben Franklin has a network of clean-tech providers and portfolio companies that could benefit from the advancements generated through Independence LED’s DC Microgrid work, said Mark Trabbold, Director of Business Development, “We are happy to support this new technology and provide the connections and mentoring support to help evaluate new opportunities.”

On Monday, August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019” (NDAA) which includes an expected $10 billion per year in military construction spending and a focus on energy and climate security. This is very positive for American manufacturers of energy-efficient technology, such as LED lighting.

The resources help activate President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, signed April 18, 2017, which directs military and civilian agencies to buy American made products, including lighting. The challenge to date has been that the agencies did not necessarily have the budgets to act on the executive order and upgrade their lighting to energy-saving LED technology. Now, the new NDAA funding gives the Military the means to purchase LED lighting, that is made in America per the executive order and the Buy American Act (BAA) Compliance. See:

Independence LED Lighting ( is one of the first US manufacturers to meet the LED Buy American Act (BAA) Compliance for light-emitting diode (LED) commercial and industrial fixtures. Since moving its manufacturing from China to Southeastern, PA in 2010, the company has installations ranging from the US military to the Fortune 100 and awards ranging from the Green Business of the Year to the Best Lighting Retrofit by the US Green Building Council. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP’s) Technology Acceleration Fund (TAF) is helping Independence LED advance its latest generation of “driverless” LED fixtures to maximize energy-savings and resilience for Direct Current – DC Microgrid systems. Independence LED’s Greater Philadelphia operations include the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Berwyn, and Norristown, PA. Independence LED Lighting is a Leadership Council Member of the American LED Alliance.  Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn

CONTACT relative to the NDAA and DC Microgrid Technology

Charlie Szoradi

CEO Independence LED Lighting, LLC  – (610) 551-5224

Driverless LED fixtures are ideal for DC Microgrids across the private sector and for NDAA funded projects, such as military construction and upgrades

This comparison of the Status Quo and the DC Microgrid highlights the energy waste reduction that is excellent for private sector and for NDAA funded projects.

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