Durham, N.C.-based Cree, maker of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), will soon illuminate a wing of the Pentagon that’s now undergoing renovations. Defense Department officials signed an agreement today for the company to supply more than 4,200 recessed LED fixtures for part of the Pentagon called Wedge 5. According to Cree, the so-called LR24 luminaires have delivered 22 percent energy savings in government testing. Cree would not disclose details of the Pentagon contract — it’s part of a long line of government deals for Cree dating back to the company’s founding — but the company said the fixtures retail for about $380 apiece.
Funding for the deal will come from Title III, a Department of Defense program designed to “promote creation and strengthening of domestic industrial capabilities to support national security needs.” The program’s stated goal is to enable low-cost early adoption of new technologies into weapon systems.
Cree’s deal could be just one of a slew of energy conservation projects supported by the Department of Defense in the name of national security during the next four years: President-elect Barack Obama’s chosen national security advisor, General James Jones, has advocated for the creation of an energy-policy czar who would sit on both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council to ensure that energy is a central, uniting force in government policy.