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Sustainability

Toward a Brighter Future

Installed in 2012, the rooftop solar array at our Logan location is comprised of 1,344 240-watt photovoltaic modules. Combined, they have a peak output of 323 kW and generate nearly 400,000 kWh of clean power a year, approximately 15% of the facility’s energy needs.

The more than 270 metric tons of CO2 offset by the array annually is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from nearly 60 passenger cars.

In January of 2019, an even more powerful ground-mounted array went online at our Seabrook warehouse. Producing a whopping 2,556 kW of electricity per hour at their peak, these panels are expected to generate more than 3 million kWh a year, providing approximately 65% of the electricity used at the location.

Our latest green energy endeavor will result in annual CO2 offset of about 2,200 metric tons, roughly the same amount of CO2 that would be released into the atmosphere by generating electricity from the burning of more than 2.4 million pounds of coal.

LED Lighting

Traditional T5 fluorescent high-bay lighting can use upwards of 200 watts per bulb, with many common fixtures using four bulbs (800w total) to provide roughly 20,000 lumen of lighting. While a significant improvement over the older metal-halide lighting, which can consume twice the electricity for comparable output, fluorescent lighting is rapidly giving way to even more efficient technology.
 

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we’re employing the latest in ultra efficient lighting. The new high lumen LED “corn” bulbs installed in our facilities produce a whopping 15,000 lumen while consuming just 100 watts each, providing a nearly 700 watt savings per fixture. Lower consumption is only one of the advantages that we’re realizing by transitioning to LED Lightning. With over 50,000 hours of rated bulb life, 30,000 hours more than the average T5 bulb, we are able to slash energy consumption while also reducing hazardous waste. And because the LED bulbs emit more light, our warehouses are brighter. Combine this with research showing that the color temperature of LED bulbs to be healthier for the eyes, and its easy to see the safety benefits.

High efficiency bulbs are only the beginning. Our state of the art lighting design integrates Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensors and timers, powering fixtures on and off as needed. Research has shown buildings using these technologies often see a 30% to 50% reduction in lightning cost, dependent on size and hours of operation.

Did You Know...

In early 2019, the total number of solar power systems installed in the US reached 2 million, double the number in 2016.

By the end of 2018, the total output for solar in the US was 64.2 GW, 10.6 GW of which was added in 2018 alone.

Spotlight

High lumen LED corn bulbs like these produce significantly more light per watt than metal-halide or fluorescent alternatives.