walmart commits to massive led lighting rollout
Wal-Mart invests in General Electric in Ohio (GE)
Dozens of new and existing stores in the United States, Asia, Latin America and the United Kingdom, as well as supercenters, have LED ceiling lamps. The main sales-
The floor fixtures involved in this commitment usually account for 90% of the total lighting usage in a given retail building or grocery layout, so the impact on energy efficiency is potentially huge, the company believes.
Wal-Mart has been slowly adopting LED for several years, but this represents GE\'s largest LED lighting purchase so far.
In the US alone, switching of the technology will reduce power consumption by an average of 340,000 KW. hours (kWhs)
According to Wal-Mart\'s estimates, each store saves about $34,000 a year. (
The figure is based on the average price of 10.
13 cents per kilowatt hour. )
Wal-Mart has pledged to reduce the amount of electricity it needs per square foot for its construction operations by 20% by 2020, compared with a benchmark level of 2010. (
It does not disclose how far it has moved towards this goal so far. )
The installation wave announced this week will begin this month at the Wal-Mart UK business Asda, which uses GE technology, including the Lumination IS series of lamps and lanterns.
These lights will be used in collaboration with automatic daylight acquisition systems and timing control systems that will also reduce energy consumption late at night within 24 hourshour stores.
Instead of labeling the cost of the overall investment or LED lights as compared to traditional fluorescent tubes, Wal-Mart responded to several questions via email, which the company estimates, based on the utility rates for specific markets, the return will come within two to five years.
Here are the number of installations that Wal-Mart expects to complete this year, and the expected energy savings in brackets: \"We have worked hard to find and expand energy --
Cost-effective LED lighting solutions
Effective and high quality, working with GE now, we are paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for retail, \"said Doug MacMillan, President and CEO of Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart stores released news about investment at a press conference.
\"Led has become an integral part of our store\'s energy efficiency model and plays a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals.