US Foods recently announced it will save an additional 2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) by retrofitting lighting throughout the organization. Since 2007, the company has decreased overall energy use by approximately 8% (34 million kWh) through lighting retrofits alone.
“We’re exploring many more opportunities for energy savings throughout the company,” Jepsen said. “Projects already slated for 2012 are expected to reduce our energy use by another 3 million kilowatt hours and further reduce our environmental footprint.”
This past November, US Foods activated a 905-kilowatt, 3,934-photovoltaic-solar-panel system in its food distribution center in Phoenix, a Certified Green Business facility. The panel is expected to provide 15% of the division’s annual power needs, generating, at peak, more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually. The new solar array marks the company’s third solar installation.
Elizabeth Smyth is a writer for Precision Paragon, an energy efficient commercial lighting manufacturer and a leading source for lighting retrofit solutions.