One of the larger retailers in the United States will increase its use of solar and wind power.
TROY, Michigan – Kmart Corporation says 85 of its stores in California will reduce energy consumption by retrofitting lighting systems. Stores in the San Francisco Bay and San Diego areas will receive priority on the changes in an attempt to provide the immediate relief to local residents who may have experienced recent power outages. The California Energy Commission has approved a $2 million grant to retrofit lighting in older stores, reducing energy consumption of sales-floor lighting fixtures by as much as 40 percent. By altering store lighting fixtures, Kmart will help reduce peak electricity demands and provide an overall reduced base load demand. “At Kmart, we believe it is important to reduce energy usage and to help lessen the chance of power outages in our store communities for our customers,” says John Duke. “Kmart is proud to be the only major retailer that has embraced green energy alternatives and makes every effort to use renewable energy resources, including wind and solar power.” “By improving energy efficiency in our facilities, California residents will benefit from reduced power outages, cleaner air, more comfortable stores, and our shareholders will benefit from reductions in our operating costs.” The project will reduce Kmart capacity by 8 megawatts a year across the state. ”As California struggles through a severe energy crisis, Pacific Gas & Electric Company is doing everything it can to help consumers large and small find ways to use energy more efficiently,” says PG&E president Gordon Smith. ”The leadership shown by Kmart and many of our customers should be commended as we all work together to develop solutions to the energy shortage.” ”Building electrical generating plants for 8 MW could cost as much as $8 million dollars and take more than a year to begin producing energy,” explains California Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell. “A watt that’s not used is a watt we don’t have to generate, and the benefits are instantaneous. As Kmart is demonstrating, energy efficiency offers a cheaper, faster and more environmentally friendly solution to California’s energy problems.” Kmart is an EPA ENERGY STARÂ® Buildings Partner, and has committed to install energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems. The company has revenues of $40 billion from 2,100 retail outlets.