California, United States — Staples Inc. and SunEdison announced the activation of a 1.1 megawatt (MW) solar system on the roof of the Staples fulfillment center in La Mirada, California. 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 square feet of roof space. The system will produce nearly 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity 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, Maryland, and the 1.5-MW distribution center in Hagerstown, Maryland. Staples ranks fifth on the EPA Green Power Partnership’s Top 20 Retail list, representing the largest annual green power usage.
“The solar installation in La Mirada marks Staples ongoing commitment to environmental leadership,” said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs for Staples. “Through our relationship with solar services provider SunEdison, we are able to purchase energy from our rooftop at a rate below or equal to the cost of electricity from the grid. This reduces our operating costs while freeing up more electricity during peak times for use by local homes and businesses.”