Macy's to install largest single rooftop solar power system
Macy's, Inc. announced four major strides in its ongoing drive to reduce energy consumption and waste as part of the company's comprehensive program of sustainability and operating efficiency.
Construction has begun on a 3.5-megawatt high-efficiency solar power system on the roof of the Macy's, Inc. online fulfillment center in Goodyear, AZ. The system will deliver the equivalent of 70 percent of the electricity demand of the 600,000-square-foot facility. When completed in March 2011, the Goodyear installation is expected to be the largest solar power system on a single rooftop in the United States. The system is being designed and installed by SunPower, which will provide ongoing operations and maintenance services.
The Goodyear system is expected to offset more than 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of removing 18,204 cars from Arizona's highways over the 30-year life of the system.
Installation has been completed on a 1-megawatt solar power system on the roof of the company's distribution center in City of Industry, CA. Already, nearly 50 percent of the facility's electricity use is being generated by its rooftop system, which also was designed and installed by SunPower.
With this installation, Macy's, Inc. now hosts solar power panels on the roofs of 37 of its facilities nationwide. New solar power installations are helping the company to achieve its goal of hosting 15 percent to 25 percent more renewable energy sources by 2013. In addition, Macy's, Inc. is driving to reduce total energy consumption (on a kilowatt-per-square-foot basis) by about 30 percent over an 11-year period (2003 to 2013).
The company is replacing about 117,000 traditional incandescent light bulbs in 86 Macy's stores with new LED bulbs that use about 73 percent less energy. Total energy savings are estimated at about 16,200 megawatts per hour every year, the equivalent of planting more than 65,500 trees. In addition, these LED bulbs have an expected life of five to 10 years (compared with less than one year for traditional bulbs), thereby reducing landfill disposal. Macy's is the first department store company to implement the use of LED accent lighting on a wide scale.
Macy's has eliminated bottled water for internal use in its office facilities, and is providing water filtration units from which its associates can fill their own reusable containers. Last year, the company used more than 175,000 bottles of water in internal meetings and gatherings. By eliminating the bottled water, the company is reducing its impact on the waste stream. Last year, Macy's, Inc. diverted more than 66 tons of waste from landfills by recycling.
"Macy's, Inc. remains committed to sustainability. We have made significant progress on all fronts over the past several years, and we continue to look for new ways to minimize our environmental impact," said Tom Cole, chief administrative officer at Macy's, Inc. "We must, however, operate within the bounds of good business decision-making so that each action we take is measurable, sustainable, enduring and contributes to the efficient operation of our company."