SOLAR DASHBOARD

Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/23/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION204.7MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
32,566 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 158.7 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,239 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $21,905 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,484,544 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 343,926 MILES NOT DRIVEN
54,710,600 YTD

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10/26/2016

Shining the Light on Solar

POSTED UNDER Energy & Lighting

Macy’s, Inc. continues to earn its ranking as one of the Top 10 U.S. Corporate Solar Champions, rapidly expanding solar capacity across the country. At the end of 2016, the company will have 102 solar installations, up from 78 in 2015; another 19 are in various stages of development.

Those installations are generating massive amounts of energy – enough to power the Macy’s facilities where they’re installed, with excess energy sold to others. So far in 2016, Macy’s solar production has generated nearly 39,000 Megawatt Hours (MWh). That’s equivalent to:

  • 29,548 tons of carbon offset
  • 4,363 homes’ electricity for one year
  • 63,760,504 miles not driven (that’s enough to drive around the earth 2,561 times!)

Developing additional solar installations isn’t the only way Macy’s is making use of solar energy; in Minnesota, Macy’s utilizes offsite solar installations, further reducing the company’s carbon footprint and supporting clean, sustainable energy. The Minnesota project is a partnership with NRG, the largest operator of community solar gardens (CSG) in the U.S.

In a CSG operation, solar energy created at an offsite location is “shared” by a variety of customers, including both business and residential. Participants enter a subscription agreement with the provider, typically for a period of 25 years, in which they’ll obtain solar power without the investment of having to build a solar installation. Macy’s is one of five initial large-scale partners participating in the Minnesota program, along with U.S. Bank, Land O’ Lakes, and Ecolab.

Broader use of solar power has a positive impact on Macy’s bottom line as well. As the cost of solar energy has fallen rapidly over the past few years, it’s become synonymous with low cost and efficiency, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The solar power Macy’s has generated so far in 2016 is equivalent to $4,159,984 dollars saved. (To keep track of how much solar energy Macy’s has generated in 2016, see the “Solar Dashboard” link at the top of every page on Macy’s Green Living!)

Macy’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Logistics Chuck Abt (who you may also know from the Chuck’s Answers feature here on the Macy’s Green Living site) says “Macy’s is dedicated to giving back to local communities, and through our partnerships, we continue to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment.”

Clearly, the sky is the limit for Macy’s achievements in solar energy production.

 

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