We displayed our commitment to sustainability in a special way during Earth Week 2017 by hosting dedication events for our solar technology installations. Our high-efficiency solar panels create energy from unused roof areas.
Three Macy’s, Inc. locations revealed their solar energy makeovers during dedication events with SunPower on April 21, 2017 as part of our company-wide sustainability initiative. 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 fulfillment center in Joppa, MD – mark the completion of 21 high-efficiency SunPower solar energy systems installed this past year at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s locations in seven states. Electricity generated by our new solar power systems ultimately will be sold to others.
“As a leading national retailer with 140,000 dedicated colleagues, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment,” said Chuck Abt, senior vice president of Operations for Macy’s, Inc. “Working with SunPower, we have been able to maximize the value of unused roof areas at our stores and fulfillment centers across the country by deploying the company’s high efficiency solar technology that creates more energy in less space.”
Maria Padilla-Angel, vice president store manager at Macy's Broadway Plaza (Walnut Creek), welcomed colleagues and guests to the dedication event. Local public officials were part of the ceremony, which included a tour of the 670-kilowatt solar power system, which produces enough power to provide 111 homes with electricity for one year.
Colleagues at the Bloomingdale’s store in Chestnut Hill were excited to see the impact their store has had on the green initiatives undertaken by our company. Customers also were interested in learning more about the store’s greener footprint, joining the tour of the 643-kilowatt solar power system.
Nearly 40 colleagues attended the dedication of the 2.25-megawatt system at the Joppa fulfillment center. Mark Becker, vice president of Logistics for the center, led everyone on an engaging rooftop tour of the system.
In 2016, Macy’s ranked fourth among companies nationwide for installed solar, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).