Walmart goes solar in Puerto Rico
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart announced the deployment of five rooftop solar arrays for Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in Puerto Rico. The solar program is made possible through a solar energy service agreement where Sun Edison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, will design, deploy, operate and maintain over three megawatts of solar technologies across the five locations with no upfront costs to Walmart.
In return, Walmart stores will use the energy being generated on its rooftops to offset demand from the grid and buy the energy at long-term predictable energy rates — creating long-term energy savings.
Walmart and SunEdison commemorated the occasion at a “flip the switch” event that was held at the Walmart in Caguas. The Caguas Walmart houses more than 3,200 solar photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours of energy annually — meeting over 20% of the store’s energy needs.
As part of its Sustainability Program implemented in 2006, Walmart Puerto Rico has other important initiatives like building new stores that are 30% more energy efficient and the significant reduction of solid waste at all of its locations.
“We are committed to diversify our sources of energy because our final goal is to depend 100% on renewable energy. The installation of the most advanced technology in solar energy in five of our stores in Puerto Rico means that more than 100 million lbs. of carbon dioxide will not be generated for the next 15 years, and that makes a positive impact in our environment,” said Javier Rojo, Walmart Puerto Rico’s development director.
SunEdison has previously deployed over 2.7MW of solar for Walmart in California and Hawaii, including a 1.1 MW solar power plant at a distribution center in Apple Valley, Calif.
Extra packaging a waste for grocery manufacturers
WASHINGTON — Consumers can expect to find less packaging with their food and beverages in the coming years as manufacturers look to eliminate waste. The Grocery Manufacturers Association found that by 2020 2.5 billion pounds of waste is expected to be avoided by 2020. This is on top of the 1.5 billion pounds of packaging avoided since 2005.
"Across the board, the food, beverage and consumer products industry has been vigilant in its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint," said Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. "When it comes to eliminating packaging from the supply chain, we have already made significant progress, but we know we can do more. We look forward meeting this goal to eliminate four billion pounds of packaging by 2020."
The 1.5 billion pounds of packaging avoided since 2005 includes more than 800 million pounds of plastic and more than 500 million pounds of paper. Packaging improvements have spanned most product categories, with no single category dominating. Companies reported that they achieved the 2005 to 2010 reductions through the success of more than 180 distinct improvement initiatives that included package redesigns and increased use of recyclable inputs.
Nordstrom to build new store at The Americana at Brand
Glendale, Calif. — Nordstrom and Caruso Affiliated announced that they will relocate its existing Glendale Galleria store, in Glendale, Calif., and build a new store at Caruso Affiliated’s The Americana at Brand in downtown Glendale.
The new three-level, 135,000-sq.-ft. store is slated to open in fall 2013 and will be part of the expansion of The Americana at Brand. Nordstrom said it will continue serving customers at its current Glendale Galleria store, located next to The Americana at Brand, until the new store opens.
This represents the second project between Nordstrom and Caruso Affiliated, and builds on the success of Caruso Affiliated’s other development located at The Grove in Los Angeles, where Nordstrom has operated a store since 2002.
“While Glendale Galleria has been a good home over the years, we think moving into a brand new store at The Americana at Brand will help us do a better job of serving our customers,” said Erik Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom.
As part of this relocation, Caruso Affiliated is purchasing the existing Nordstrom store at Glendale Galleria and said it will work toward strengthening the retail mix at the mall. Nordstrom will lease its new store at The Americana at Brand from Caruso Affiliated, which is working in cooperation with General Growth Properties and the City to revitalize, re-merchandise and reposition Glendale Galleria.