QVC Inc., the global leader in video and eCommerce retail, announced today the completion of a solar farm comprising 11,564 panels on 11 acres at the Rocky Mount Distribution Center owned by QVC Rocky Mount Inc.
Now generating 5.8 million kilowatt-hours per year, this latest addition brings the combined total number of panels at the site to 17,244 over 18 acres. The first field of 5,680 solar panels on seven acres of land was completed in November 2008.
“QVC will conserve enough kilowatt-hours of energy to reduce CO2 emissions that are equivalent to 458,766 gallons of gasoline,” said Bill Stanulis, QVC Rocky Mount Distribution Center General Manager (source:US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies). “As one of the largest employers in Edgecombe County, we are committed to conserving energy by implementing sustainable solutions and reducing waste.”
Other QVC sustainability initiatives at the site include:
– A recycling program that salvages 4,000,000 pounds of corrugate and 100,000 pounds of plastic recycling per year
– Warehouse lighting using energy-efficient T5 fluorescent fixtures and motion lighting sensors
– High efficiency HVAC units and LED lighting installed in all dock lights.
– A “white roof” which reduces cooling costs
– A community garden created for employees to grow fresh vegetables for local food banks
– Sheep on the premises that have reduced the need for gas-powered lawn mowers
“QVC is a valued retailer and is a huge asset to the Rocky Mount region,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “They continue to increase their value to the area by exploring and implementing sustainable energy options. We applaud their leadership and appreciate their contribution to the community.”
QVC Rocky Mount has been in Edgecombe County since 2000 and currently employs more than 1,000 people. During peak seasons, the company employs as many as 1,500 people.
— Solar Builder magazine