Walmart Canada becomes the first large Canadian retailer to retrofit
overhead sales floor lighting to LED
Canada's fastest-growing retailer expects to use 28% less energy for
lighting by swapping close to 6,000 traditional 25-watt fluorescent
high efficiency lamps to 18-watt LED lights at Brampton supercentre
MISSISSAUGA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today announced a
first-of-its-kind sales floor LED lighting retrofit. The retailer has
retrofitted all of the overhead sales floor lighting at its Brampton
North (located at Highway 10 and Bovaird Road in Brampton, Ontario)
supercentre from conventional fluorescent lighting to high efficiency
LED 4-foot retrofit lamps. The retailer estimates this small change
could save approximately 283,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) per year, which
will results in a savings of up to $26,000 per year.
"We're very proud to be the first large Canadian retailer to fully
convert sales floor lighting to LED for general illumination
requirements," said Ken Farrell, vice president of store development
for Walmart Canada. "This latest project represents just one of many
steps Walmart Canada is taking to make our stores less energy
Completed by Canadian EcoLight LED Systems Corp., the retrofit involved
changing close to 6,000 lamps from traditional 25-watt fluorescent high
efficiency lamps to 18-watt LED lights, allowing the retailer to reduce
energy usage for store lighting by 28 per cent, thereby reducing the
strain on the energy grid. In addition to the direct savings from
switching to LED lamps, the retailer will also benefit from reduced
costs for air conditioning requirements, relamping, reballasting and
recycling, and an improved shopping environment.
"Unlike traditional fluorescent lights, LED lights emit less heat, which
allows us to reduce our air condition use at the store during the
spring and summer," explained Farrell. "The new lights also provide a
better shopping environment for our customers. Customers shopping at
the Brampton North location will notice the store appears much brighter
and with lighting that is closer to natural daylight, almost as if we'd
installed skylights around the store."
Fast facts about sustainability at Walmart Canada
The company operates an annual reduced summer lighting program in nearly
all of its stores nationwide. In 2012, by reducing its sales floor
lighting by one-third, summer-long, the company saved $1.5 million by
avoiding an estimated 18.9 million kWh of energy consumption, which is
the energy consumed annually by approximately 1,900 Canadian homes.
In addition to reducing its lighting during the summer months, Walmart
Canada has changed nearly all of its 1.75 million 32-watt lamps to
lower wattage 25-watt lamps as replacements are needed. In 2009, the
company began rolling out prototypical stores across Canada that are at
least 30 per cent more energy-efficient than previous store prototypes.
Where possible, the company is retrofitting existing stores to be at
least 20 per cent more energy efficient. This project involves lighting
improvements and re-commissioning mechanical systems including heating,
air conditioning and refrigeration.
The company recently opened one of the world's most sustainable fresh
food distribution centres in Balzac, Alberta, which includes wind and
solar power, and is piloting geothermal technology at its environmental
demonstration store in Burlington, Ontario.
In addition to the wind-power pilot at the Balzac Fresh Food
Distribution Centre, the company operates a 20-killowatt wind turbine
adjacent to its Milton, Ontario store. The turbine is expected to
generate as much as 38,000 to 45,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) of
electricity per year based on wind yield. The wind turbine has been
designed for low wind speed areas, where wind power has not been
previously practical, and can operate in wind speeds as low as 10
kilometres per hour.
The company is piloting a rooftop solar power-generating system
estimated to generate over 380,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) of energy per
year, enough to supply 35 Canadian households, on top of its
Walmart Canada is one of the country's largest purchasers of renewable
energy through Bullfrog Power.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 370 stores,
employing 90,000 Canadians, and serving more than one million customers
each day. The company's vision is to demonstrate environmental
leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its operations through
company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well as
outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments. Visit www.walmartcsr.ca for more company information or follow Walmart Canada on Twitter at www.twitter.com/walmartcanada.
Image with caption: "Overhead sales floor lighting after LED lighting retrofit. Walmart expects to use 28% less energy for lighting by swapping close to 6,000 traditional 25-watt fluorescent high efficiency lamps to 18-watt LED lights at Brampton supercentre. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121206_C6982_PHOTO_EN_21647.jpg
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