Mexico’s Tiendas Soriana in Latin America’s biggest distributed solar deal
Monterrey, Mexico — Tiendas Soriana S.A. de C.V., Mexico’s second largest retail company, and Hanwha Q CELLS, a leading full-service solar power companies, announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for 31 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar power at 120 retail locations across Mexico that will create significant long-term energy savings for Soriana. Soriana operates more than 640 grocery and department stores.
Hanwha Q CELLS will partner with Mexican developer and construction company ILIOSS to install rooftop and carport systems in Soriana’s stores in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Jalisco, Querétaro and 12 others. Soriana will reduce a significant portion of their energy demand by using onsite solar power while fixing its long-term energy cost.
Hanwha Q CELLS will finance all 31 MW.
Hanwha Q CELLS and ILIOSS have already begun construction on the first seven solar systems in Baja California Sur, which will feature more than 12,000 high-efficiency, German engineered Q CELLS Q.PRO-G3 250 W panels to provide approximately 3.05 megawatts of combined generation capacity. Construction on all 120 sites is expected to be completed by early 2015.
“With this association Hanwha Q CELLS, Soriana and ILIOSS join forces to provide the most advanced technology to obtain clean energy at preferential costs. This project allows Soriana to meet both its sustainability and cost saving goals” said Aurelio Adán, CFO of Soriana.
Kohl’s honored by EPA for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
New York — Kohl’s Department Stores was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce emissions linked to climate change. The retailer was recognized with EPA’s Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement) Award for reducing carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency in its stores and buying renewable energy and installing solar panels.
In 2009, Kohl’s established an absolute GHG reduction goal under EPA’s former Climate Leaders program to reduce its emissions by 100% each year from 2010 to 2012.
“To meet its goal, Kohl’s carried out a variety of GHG [greenhouse gas] reduction activities, including upgrading its stores’ lighting to lower-wattage and longer-lasting technologies and utilizing a centralized energy management system to help control, standardize, and eliminate energy waste,” the EPA stated. “Kohl’s also purchased renewable energy and carbon offsets each year of the goal period.”
Kohl’s was also honored for setting a new goal to reduce 100% of its absolute GHG emissions from its U.S. operations from 2013 to 2015.
“To help meet its new GHG target, Kohl’s will deploy new energy efficiency technologies throughout its stores including building controls, lighting, lamps, and HVAC innovation,” the EPA stated.
The retailer will continue to support renewable energy technologies through both on-site generation of solar and wind energy and the purchase of renewable energy
Kohl’s has been recognized with numerous EPA Energy Star and Green Power Leadership Awards during the past several years.
Schimenti Construction building Aritzia store in The Westchester
Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction Company is in the midst of building its first project for Canadian fashion apparel retailer Aritzia. Located at The Westchester in White Plains, New York, the new Aritzia store is a 5,520-sq.-ft new build-out in a premier shopping location.
Aritzia’s stores are all designed individually, with no two looking the same, but each has a sophisticated lounge-like atmosphere that boasts high-quality natural materials and luxurious finishes.
The Westchester Aritzia will feature a polished concrete floor and a custom storefront system now being fabricated in Vancouver, B.C. The storefront is a new design and it is the first time being used in the United States. The $1.3 million store is slated for completion by the end of May.
Aritzia, based in Canada, has locations in New York City on Fifth Avenue and in SOHO, as well as in New Jersey at Paramus and the Short Hills Mall. The company operates more than 60 locations in Canada and the United States.