Convenience store giant wins energy efficiency award
7-Eleven is being honored for its commitment to reducing energy.
The Alliance to Save Energy has awarded 7-Eleven with the Alliance to Save Energy "Built Environment" award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.
7-Eleven has successfully decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21% over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.
"As the convenience retail leader, we're proud to be setting an example in maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO. "Over the past seven years, we've invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 megawatt hours each year and reducing our energy footprint. This is good for the environment, and it's good for our bottom line. We're committed to continuing this work, and we're honored to accept this award from the Alliance to Save Energy."
Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America.
The Alliance to Save Energy is in its 25th year of recognizing innovators in the energy efficiency field and reward the hard work of those dedicated to saving energy.
Slideshow: TJX’s new U.S. concept opens
TJX Companies has taken the wraps off its newest U.S. retail format, Homesense, which debuted at Shopper's World plaza in Framingham, Mass.
The new concept, which TJX has described as a complement to its Home Goods format, has expanded departments for large-scale furniture, lighting and art. It also features new departments, including a general store.
Three additional Homesense stores are planned by the end of 2017, with locations in East Hanover, N.J., Ocean Township, N.J., and Westwood, Mass.
To see a slideshow of the store, click here.
Home Depot in big solar initiative
The nation's largest home improvement retailer has found a new use for its store roofs.
The Home Depot is partnering with GE's Current unit and Tesla on a rooftop solar project in 50 stores across five states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the District of Colombia.) The initiative will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30% to 35% annually at each location. Under a power purchase agreement, Home Depot will lease its roof space and buy the output from the systems.
The new rooftop solar project is part of the Home Depot's ongoing efforts to utilize 135 megawatts (MW) of alternative and renewable energy by 2020. Other alternative and renewable energy projects include:
• Solar farms in Delaware and Massachusetts with a combined annual output of 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh);
• Fuel cells in use at more than 170 stores and distribution centers that produce roughly 90% of the electricity each store needs to operate; and
• The 50 MW Los Mirasoles Wind Farm northeast of McAllen, Texas, announced this January, and The Zopiloapan Wind Farm located in central Mexico, added this June.