Walmart Canada announces first-of-its-kind sales floor LED lighting retrofit

Walmart Canada announces first-of-its-kind sales floor LED lighting retrofit 


    --  Walmart Canada becomes the first large Canadian retailer to
        retrofit overhead sales floor lighting to LED
    --  Canada's fastest-growing retailer expects to use 28% less
        energy for lighting by swapping close to 6,000 traditional
        25-watt fluorescent high efficiency lamps to 18-watt LED lights
        at Brampton supercentre

MISSISSAUGA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today announced a 
first-of-its-kind sales floor LED lighting retrofit. The retailer has 
retrofitted all of the overhead sales floor lighting at its Brampton North 
(located at Highway 10 and Bovaird Road in Brampton, Ontario) supercentre from 
conventional fluorescent lighting to high efficiency LED 4-foot retrofit 
lamps. The retailer estimates this small change could save approximately 
283,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) per year, which will results in a savings of up 
to $26,000 per year.

"We're very proud to be the first large Canadian retailer to fully convert 
sales floor lighting to LED for general illumination requirements," said Ken 
Farrell, vice president of store development for Walmart Canada. "This latest 
project represents just one of many steps Walmart Canada is taking to make our 
stores less energy intensive."

Completed by Canadian EcoLight LED Systems Corp., the retrofit involved 
changing close to 6,000 lamps from traditional 25-watt fluorescent high 
efficiency lamps to 18-watt LED lights, allowing the retailer to reduce energy 
usage for store lighting by 28 per cent, thereby reducing the strain on the 
energy grid. In addition to the direct savings from switching to LED lamps, 
the retailer will also benefit from reduced costs for air conditioning 
requirements, relamping, reballasting and recycling, and an improved shopping 
environment.

"Unlike traditional fluorescent lights, LED lights emit less heat, which 
allows us to reduce our air condition use at the store during the spring and 
summer," explained Farrell. "The new lights also provide a better shopping 
environment for our customers. Customers shopping at the Brampton North 
location will notice the store appears much brighter and with lighting that is 
closer to natural daylight, almost as if we'd installed skylights around the 
store."

Fast facts about sustainability at Walmart Canada
    --  The company operates an annual reduced summer lighting program
        in nearly all of its stores nationwide. In 2012, by reducing
        its sales floor lighting by one-third, summer-long, the company
        saved $1.5 million by avoiding an estimated 18.9 million kWh of
        energy consumption, which is the energy consumed annually by
        approximately 1,900 Canadian homes.
    --  In addition to reducing its lighting during the summer months,
        Walmart Canada has changed nearly all of its 1.75 million
        32-watt lamps to lower wattage 25-watt lamps as replacements
        are needed. In 2009, the company began rolling out prototypical
        stores across Canada that are at least 30 per cent more
        energy-efficient than previous store prototypes.
    --  Where possible, the company is retrofitting existing stores to
        be at least 20 per cent more energy efficient. This project
        involves lighting improvements and re-commissioning mechanical
        systems including heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.
    --  The company recently opened one of the world's most sustainable
        fresh food distribution centres in Balzac, Alberta, which
        includes wind and solar power, and is piloting geothermal
        technology at its environmental demonstration store in
        Burlington, Ontario.
    --  In addition to the wind-power pilot at the Balzac Fresh Food
        Distribution Centre, the company operates a 20-killowatt wind
        turbine adjacent to its Milton, Ontario store. The turbine is
        expected to generate as much as 38,000 to 45,000 kilo-watt
        hours (kWh) of electricity per year based on wind yield. The
        wind turbine has been designed for low wind speed areas, where
        wind power has not been previously practical, and can operate
        in wind speeds as low as 10 kilometres per hour.
    --  The company is piloting a rooftop solar power-generating system
        estimated to generate over 380,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) of
        energy per year, enough to supply 35 Canadian households, on
        top of its Kitchener-Waterloo store.
    --  Walmart Canada is one of the country's largest purchasers of
        renewable energy through Bullfrog Power.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of more than 370 stores, employing 
90,000 Canadians, and serving more than one million customers each day. The 
company's vision is to demonstrate environmental leadership by reducing the 
ecological impact of its operations through company-wide programs focused on 
waste, energy and products, as well as outreach programs that preserve and 
enhance local environments. Visit www.walmartcsr.ca for more company 
information or follow Walmart Canada on Twitter at 
www.twitter.com/walmartcanada.

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Image with caption: "Overhead sales floor lighting after LED lighting 
retrofit. Walmart expects to use 28% less energy for lighting by swapping 
close to 6,000 traditional 25-watt fluorescent high efficiency lamps to 
18-watt LED lights at Brampton supercentre. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)". Image 
available at:  
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