At a Glance


Industrial Goods and Manufacturing

Project Type

Industrial Energy Efficiency




Tampa, FL


Thomas Malatesta identified numerous energy and cost saving projects for The Mosaic Company, including efficiency software and existing utility rebates.


Thomas W. Malatesta spent his summer as a Climate Corps fellow with The Mosaic Company's Florida and Louisiana based phosphate operations. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Mosaic is a leader in the global production and marketing of concentrated phosphate and potash, two of the primary crop nutrients. Malatesta, an MBA student focusing on finance and energy at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, worked with Mosaic engineers and Operations staff to identify energy savings at their Bartow and New Wales concentrates facilities.


Several energy efficiency opportunities were identified including the installation of high efficiency warehouse/office lighting, outdoor plant lighting controls, parking lighting controls and occupancy sensors. Malatesta also created a comprehensive software application that will assist Mosaic in identifying and implementing similar energy efficiency savings throughout the company's nine additional Florida based fertilizer facilities. In addition, over $7,000 in unclaimed utility rebates were identified that are immediately available for energy efficiency projects that were previously completed by Mosaic.

Potential Impact

In total, the identified projects could save Mosaic a total of $1.1 million over the life of the projects, reduce annual energy costs by $225,000, cut approximately 2.8 million kWh of electricity and avoid 2,300 tons of CO2 emissions. 

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