GE Lighting scored a deal to install LED lighting in a selection of Walmart stores worldwide. Walmart and GE announced the deal this week under which Walmart plans to purchase LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the United States and stores in Asia and Latin America, as well as Asda locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources Walmart has historically used in stores, and will help the retail giant reach its goal to reduce energy required per square foot to power its buildings by 20 percent by 2020.
“We have worked to find and scale energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are cost effective and high quality, and now working with GE, we’re paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for the retail industry,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.”
The main sales floor in a typical Walmart accounts for 90% of the store’s lighting energy consumption, and the companies expect this deal to reduce per-store energy use by more than 5% in its U.S. locations. The companies have worked together for years to advance energy efficient lighting solutions for retail. Walmart was an early adopter of LED signage, starting in 2003, and rolled out freezer case lighting in 2005 with parking lot lighting close behind.
Walmart’s move to LED ceiling lighting in the U.S. is expected to produce an energy savings of 340,000 kilowatt hours per store, equating to more than $34,000 in savings per year in each store on average. With 200 new Walmart stores adopting the new GE LED ceiling lighting over the next two years, this amounts to a total energy savings of 620 million kWh over 10 years.