Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 02/17/2018

4,628 YTD

3,795 YTD

$511,807 YTD

8,422,136 YTD

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Solar Dedications Shine Brightly During Earth Week

POSTED UNDER Energy & Lighting

Earth Week at Macy’s and Bloomingdale's marked a major advance in the company’s commitment to solar energy, with dedication ceremonies for the three newest solar installations. Associates, guests and local public officials attended the ceremonies and took rooftop tours of the installations at Macy’s Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, CA, Bloomingdale’s at The Shops at Chestnut Hill in Chestnut Hill, MA and the Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s Distribution Center in Joppa, MD.

“As a leading national retailer, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment,” said Macy’s, Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Operations Chuck Abt.

That meaningful difference has landed Macy’s among the Top Ten Companies in Solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for multiple years, and the company isn’t slowing down. Working with solar partner SunPower, Macy’s has installed a total of 21 new solar energy systems at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations over the past 12 months, with another 19 in various stages of development.

In 2016 alone, Macy’s solar installations produced the solar energy equivalent to saving more than $4.8 million, or more than 75 million miles not driven - enough to drive around the earth 3,036 times. (You can track how much solar energy Macy’s, Inc. has generated so far this year through the Solar Energy Dashboard link at the top of each page on this site).

Solar energy draws clean, pure energy from the sun and collects it through panels made of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert readily abundant sunlight into electricity. Large-scale solar installations like the ones at Macy’s facilities have the added benefit of operating at highest capacity when demand is greatest – like on hot, sunny afternoons when air conditioning use is high, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.

It’s the ultimate renewable resource, and its potential is enormous – just 18 days of sunshine on Earth contains the same amount of energy as is stored in all of the planet’s reserves of coal, oil and natural gas, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The benefits of solar extend beyond efficiently fulfilling energy demand, according to The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL’s research found that widespread solar adoption would significantly reduce nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which have been shown to cause health problems. NREL’s findings showed fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, respiratory and cardiovascular issues as well as fewer lost workdays related to health issues.

With benefits on every front, Macy’s and Bloomingdale's commitment to solar is going a long way to creating a better environment.

Have you toured a Macy's or Bloomgindale's solar installation? Have a photo or a story to share? We want to know about it!


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