Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading

Science-Based Targets Inspire a Smarter Investment Strategy in Retail

Ty Colman

Near the end of 2015, shareholders of a large U.S. retailer proposed a proxy resolution requesting the company commit to purchasing more renewable energy. This retailer approached POINT380 for guidance. What proceeded is a case for using performance data and a science-based approach to advance corporate sustainability. In the first phase of the project, we   …Continue Reading

Walmart and Alabama Power Teaming on Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Walmart and Alabama Power will build a 72 MW solar facility outside of LaFayette, AL.

U.K. Retailers’ Energy Efficiency Efforts Lauded

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Live News says that retail is one of the leading sectors in implementing energy efficiency measures in the United Kingdom.

Behind the Meter Podcast: Greater Refrigerator Efficiency is a Cool Idea

Carl Weinschenk

Owners and managers of facilities that rely on refrigeration — such as supermarkets and convenience stores — must sigh every time they see a case door open and a customer pause for what probably seems like hours choosing their drink or ice cream flavor. The cold air that is rushing out, after all, is wasted   …Continue Reading

For Kimco Realty, Slow and Steady Wins the Efficiency Game

Carl Weinschenk

Kimco Realty has racked up impressive energy efficiency and usage reduction gains during the past five years. The key message from an executive who helped design and carry out its program: Don’t expect immediate results.

ALDI Grocery Chain Deploys Siemens’ EMS

Carl Weinschenk

Grocery retailer ALDI has deployed Siemens’ Site Controls Energy Management System to almost 1,500 retail locations. Some of the installations were at newly constructed stores, though the lion’s share were at retrofits in which third party EMSes or thermostats were replaced, the press release says. The release says that the EMS will use advanced cloud-based approaches   …Continue Reading

IKEA to Add Wind Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

IKEA is adding at least one wind farm to those it already owns as it works to become energy neutral by 2020, according to Reuters. The story says that the company is producing 53 percent of its energy by wind. When the farms it owns are fully operational, the story says, the portion of renewable   …Continue Reading

Raley’s Grocery Chain Chooses Revolution Lighting

Carl Weinschenk

Raley’s, a family owned grocery chain in headquartered in California, has selected Revolution Lighting Technologies to provide LEDs for its retail stores. The company has used $300,000 worth of Revolution’s G3 LED tubes in seven locations in the ongoing project, according to the press release. The possibility exists for installation in more than 20 additional stores   …Continue Reading

IKEA Plans Big Solar System at Las Vegas Store

Carl Weinschenk

IKEA this week said it is putting the largest single-use solar energy system atop a commercial building in Nevada on its store in Las Vegas, which is slated to open next summer. The press release says that the installation will begin during the winter and be completed this spring. The store itself is huge: It will   …Continue Reading