Walmart will install General Electric LED ceiling light fixtures in stores across the United States, Asia, Latin America and the United Kingdom. The move is expected to garner $34,000 in savings per store per year in the U.S. alone. The company has pledged to cut its electricity usage by 20 percent this decade.
This LED lighting purchase represents the largest one from GE to date. The installation will use GE technologies including Lumination IS Series Luminaires. Automated daylight harvesting systems and timed controls will also be installed.
For the Walmart stores in the United States, the LED switch will reduce electricity consumption by an average of 340,000 kilowatt-hours (kWhs). Walmart expects to complete 20 new stores in the United States this year with an anticipated energy savings of 15 percent.
Installations will begin this month in the United Kingdom. Depending on the utility rates in different markets, Walmart estimates the payoff will come within two to five years.
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