“Impressive effort for a corporate company to go outside of the box in regions where solar and renewables are not prevalent. The project shows other similar companies that it can be done.”
–Energy Manager Today Awards judge
In 2016, L’Oreal USA undertook a carbon reduction strategy that will ultimately lead to an 80 percent carbon emissions reduction (from its 2005 baseline). To achieve this, the teams worked to design unique renewable energy projects at the company’s manufacturing facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Florence, Kentucky, that would contribute to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity for its manufacturing in the US.
The Florence plant, in partnership with Scenic Hill Solar, will house the largest commercial solar array in Kentucky at 1.5 MW. Construction of the Florence project will start in late 2016 and will consist of approximately 5,000 solar panels. The array is projected to cut CO2 emissions in Kentucky by 1,195 metric tons per year.
The North Little Rock plant, also in partnership with Scenic Hill Solar, will house a 1.2 MW array that will be the third largest commercial solar array in Arkansas. The 4,000 solar panel installation in North Little Rock is scheduled to be operational by mid-2017 and will reduce carbon emissions in Arkansas by 1,326 metric tons per year.
The remaining electrical usage will be covered by locally-sourced renewable energy certificates purchased for both North Little Rock and Florence to ensure that all electrical use at both plants are fully renewable.
The two projects represent an acceleration of the company’s original goals to reduce its CO2 emissions by 60 percent from its 2005 baseline. L’Oréal USA will achieve an 80 percent reduction, and plans to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity for its manufacturing in the United States through the projects and the purchase of additional, locally-sourced renewable energy certificates.
These projects are pioneers, L’Oréal says, in part because they have developed renewable energy solutions in states where such solutions are still rare, showing that solar and renewable energy projects can be viable and cost-effective no matter what state they are in.
“The energy savings target is impressive. Solar plants commitments are large and represent progressive decisions from the leadership which should be recognized,” said a judge.