Walmart Puerto Rico switches to eco-friendly LEDs in parking lots
San Juan Walmart’s 22 stores in Puerto Rico are switching to GE Evolve LED Area Lights in their parking lots. The completed project is expected to save up to 48% of the electricity traditionally required to light its parking lots, while cutting maintenance costs by an estimated 75%.
“In 2009 alone, Walmart Puerto Rico’s operational energy efficiency initiatives saved more than 8.0-million kWh, equivalent to $1.4 million. A large portion of these energy-efficient initiatives are tied to the continuous lighting improvements that Walmart is working with GE to help us achieve,” says Charles Zimmerman, VP international design and construction for Walmart. “Our latest initiative in Puerto Rico turns a high cost area such as outdoor lighting into an energy efficiency bellwether not only for our company on a global scale, but for the industry as a whole. We know outdoor LED lighting represents a huge opportunity for retailers to make strides economically and environmentally.”
In addition to substantial energy and maintenance cost savings, the new LED parking lot lighting significantly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Walmart Puerto Rico’s operations. Newly constructed Walmart stores in Puerto Rico will feature the energy efficient GE Evolve LED Area Lights.
The GE Evolve LED Area Light combines the latest in LED system electronics, thermal management, mechanical and optical design to make the advantages of LED lighting a practical reality in parking lots and general lighting applications.
“Many of our stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so replacing traditional metal halide parking lot lamps every couple years is costly,” adds Zimmerman. “We like the idea that GE’s outdoor LED systems only need to be replaced about every 10 years. In fact, we’re counting on that performance.”
Walmart Puerto Rico launched its Sustainable Development Program in 2007. The initiative established sustainable strategies to maximize energy efficiency, while reducing the amount of solid waste and gas emissions at all Walmart stores, Walmart Supercenters, Sam’s Club membership warehouses, Amigo Supermarkets, and Super Ahorros in Puerto Rico.
NRDC to add solar panels to three New Jersey shopping centers
Purchase, N.Y. National Realty & Development Corp. said Tuesday it plans to add solar panels to the roofs of three New Jersey shopping centers, a significant step toward reducing energy consumption and lower operating costs for their tenants, the shopping center owner and developer said.
NRDC has entered into a purchase agreement with Solaire Energy Systems, a San Diego, Calif.-based developer of clean energy.
Walmart Plaza in Clinton, N.J., Kohl’s Plaza in Holmdel, N.J., and CooperTowne Center in Somerdale, N.J., will receive these new upgrades the first part of 2011.
“National Realty & Development strives to be at the forefront with its sustainable building practices and is excited about our plans to use this renewable energy,” said John Orrico, president of NRDC. “The addition of solar energy will prove to be beneficial to our tenants and the community in which these shopping centers operate. Tenants will see a reduction in utility costs and a beneficial impact on the environment.”
Sears and J.C. Penney among top finishers in EPA energy competition
New York City A Sears store in Glen Burnie, Md., and a J.C. Penney store in Orange, Calif., took second and third place respectively in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever National Building Competition. Top finisher: A dorm at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The competition challenged teams from buildings across the country to see which commercial building could trim its energy use the most over 24 months. The EPA required utility-bill statements for verification of the energy loss.
Sears reduced energy use in its Glen Burnie location by 31.7%, generating $45,612 savings in energy bills. In addition, the store’s carbon footprint was reduced by more than 272 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The J.C. Penney store achieved an energy reduction of 28.4%. It is part of a group of 63 J.C. Penney store that participate in the chain’s Advanced Energy Management Program, which stresses a focus on energy awareness on both the facility maintenance and store associate level.
“The amazing results of the first-ever National Building Competition prove that any building can take simple steps to slash energy use, save thousands of dollars and protect the environment,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Our top participants together saved nearly a million dollars by cutting energy use, and that’s just in the first year. We look forward to seeing even greater savings and energy innovations in the years ahead.”