Smith said the center is working on replacing even more lights in the concourse and throughout the facility.
In the breakout lobby and meeting rooms -- where energy-efficient lights have already been installed -- visitors notice the new brightness, he said.
"They see the change that we're brighter and they can go into the meeting rooms and they're not dim now," Smith said. "There's no comparison [to the prior lights] and the quality of light they're using for meetings now."
Fawcett said the power company offers the rebate program to its commercial customers so they can not only have energy-efficient buildings, but also so they can "be more competitive and it creates a more thriving business."
The less energy that businesses use, the better for the power company, too, he said.
"It certainly benefits us. These programs help to reduce the usage and capacity needs on our system so it helps us to avoid having to build new plans, which is a very expensive undertaking," Fawcett said. "It's controlling that capacity growth."
Fawcett admitted that the rebate is ultimately paid through the power company's customers' rates.
But it does pay off in the end, he said.
"It's a matter of looking at what the cheapest way is and the most efficient way is to light something," he said. "It's a matter of utilizing our resources to their most efficient extent."
Other businesses that have received rebates through Apco's energy-efficient lighting program are Toyota's plant in Buffalo, Center Hardware in St. Albans and Joe Holland Chevrolet, Fawcett said.
FirstEnergy also offers a utility rebate program to its West Virginia customers. The Business Lighting Incentive Program started Feb. 1, 2012, for Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers, said Sara Robarge, energy data specialist for FirstEnergy.
Robarge said FirstEnergy is offering the program in accordance with a Dec. 30, 2011, order issued by the state Public Service Commission to reduce both electricity usage and peak demand in the state.
Businesses receive 5 cents per kilowatt-hour they save, she said.
"FirstEnergy wants to encourage their customers to save money on energy so not only will they see the savings in a monthly bill, but we also offer the rebate for the cost," Robarge said.
For more information about Apco's Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Programs, visit http://aeprebates.com/customers/commercial-programs or call 888-446-7719.
For more information about FirstEnergy's Lighting for Business Program, visit http://www.energysavewv-business.com/index.html or call 304-699-0056.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.