Solar system at Staples fulfillment center goes live
La Mirada, Calif. Staples and SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, announced the activation of a 1.1 megawatt (MW) solar system on the roof of the Staples fulfillment center in La Mirada, Calif. The activation marks the 32nd SunEdison solar power site hosted by Staples.
SunEdison financed, constructed, owns and operates the new solar power facility, which covers over 300,000 sq. ft. of roof space. The system will produce nearly 2 million kWh of energy annually and more than 30 million kWh over the next 20 years.
Staples’ solar power program began in 2005 and includes facilities in California, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, including the 1 MW fulfillment center in Hanover, Md., and the 1.5 MW Distribution center in Hagerstown, Md.
Kohl’s recognized for efforts to promote clean air
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores received the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Air Excellence Awards Program ceremony held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Kohl’s for environmental excellence in multiple Clean Air Excellence Award Program categories, including clean air technology, community action and transportation efficiency.
“Initiatives like solar power, support of clean energy sources and moving merchandise by rail are win-win — they make sense from a business, cost and efficiency perspective and help to reduce emissions in the long-term,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics.
Kohl’s initiatives that contribute to clean air include a commitment to renewable energy. The chain is ranked first in retail and No. 2 overall among EPA’s top green power purchasers, and 100% of its purchased electricity usage comes from renewable-energy resources through its industry-leading solar program and by purchasing renewable-energy certificates. The company also works annually to complete lighting upgrades, retrofitting more than 700 stores in 2009 with metal halide spotlights that use a third of the energy of incandescent spotlights.
In addition, all remodeled Kohl’s stores receive upgraded, more energy efficient lighting fixtures that produce even more light than the old fixtures.
CVS highlights energy-saving measures
Woonsocket, R.I. CVS Caremark details its efforts to better manage its energy consumption and reduce its carbon emissions in the company’s just-released 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility report.
The drugstore chain emitted approximately 1.73 million metric tonnes of CO2e emissions in 2009, of which 90% is generated by electricity consumption. To reduce consumption at its stores, CVS focused on several initiatives in 2009, including installing more efficient lighting and new roofs designed to reflect heat, and integrating its first energy-management systems.
In other moves, the company evaluated renewable energy sources, built new facilities to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and/or environmental considerations and reduced fuel consumption in its distribution networks.
Three lighting projects in the states of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania yielded the highest savings of 2,640 MWh, 3,480 MWh and 1,850 MWh, respectively. In addition, CVS rolled out its computer-controlled energy-management system in 50 stores in Florida, and will expand the system to 250 locations in 2010.
In the area of transportation, CVS has reduced the driving speed of its private fleet to 63 miles per hour, and consolidated its deliveries, which has eliminated 6,541 routes across the network. This resulted in nearly 1.2 million fewer miles driven and a savings of 218,730 gallons of fuel. It also prevented the emissions of 2,260 tonnes of CO2.