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Whole Foods, Hilton featured in DOE's 'Better Buildings Challenge' swap preview

The U.S. spends around $200 billion a year running commercial buildings, and a large portion of that energy is wasted. Energy efficiency has been called low-hanging fruit in the quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy costs, but it can be difficult to identify the best approaches to Read More...

Whole Foods expands rooftop solar with NRG, SolarCity

Whole Foods Market announced plans earlier this month to significantly build out the number of rooftop solar installations sited at its stores. The plans call for the grocer to add up to 100 additional rooftop solar systems.“This program showcases an exciting step in Whole Foods Market's effor Read More...

The case for utility investment in natural refrigeration technologies

Utilities are fundamentally driven to co-invest in energy efficiency with their customers. To that end, many utilities have become quite sophisticated in their understanding of conventional refrigeration technology and how to make it more energy efficient. But very few of them understand natural ref Read More...
Author: Aaron Daly
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Better Buildings launches new webinar series

The Department of Energy's Better Buildings initiative has unveiled a series of webinars on a wide range of pressing topics facing energy professionals. The series, which kicks off Sept. 13, features experts speakers including representatives from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and W Read More...

Whole Foods refrigeration system tackles emissions

Photo courtesy of Whole Foods.A recently opened Whole Foods Market Inc. store in California showcases a new approach to grocery retail refrigeration, one the company claims is the most environmentally advanced in the country. The store in Santa Clara, Calif., uses a refrigeration system that Wh Read More...

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DOE launches EMIS program, 18 inaugural partners

The U.S. DOE has launched a new program within the Better Buildings Initiative aimed at helping commercial building reduce their energy use. The program, referred to as the Smart Energy Analytics campaign, was designed to help establish best practices for installations of energy management Read More...

Views from the top: How Whole Foods is navigating an increasingly complex energy market (part 1)

Exclusive to Smart Energy Decisions An early adopter of rooftop solar at its stores, Whole Foods Market has been considered a leader in corporate energy management for quite some time. And although the company's interest in its impact on the environment is rooted in its brand — "Sinc Read More...
Author: Amy Poszywak
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Views from the top: Whole Foods on new tech, utility barriers and energy as a service (part 2)

This is part two of our Q&A with Aaron Daly, Whole Foods Market's global director of energy management, about the company's current challenges in energy management — both on the supply and demand sides — and the increasingly complex environment for large commercial and industrial ene Read More...
Author: Amy Poszywak
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Battery project pilot yields results for Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Inc. has deployed a new thermal energy storage solution at a store in Los Altos, Calif., that has demonstrated an ability to shift up to 1040 kWh of electricity load for up to 10 hours a day over several months. The refrigeration battery solution is a product of Axiom Energy, Read More...

Whole Foods adds 2.6 MW in solar projects

Whole Foods Markets announced June 24 the installation of more than 2.6 MW of solar projects across eight of its operating locations in California and Nevada, with one site combining an integrated storage system.The project were carried out by SunPower at Whole Foods locations in Cupertino, Fremont, Read More...

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Whole Foods Market Adopts Reduced-GWP Refrigerant to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Whole Foods Market announced that more than 100 of its U.S. stores will lower CO2 emissions by retrofitting their commercial refrigerators with Honeywell’s Solstice refrigerant. This adoption will help Whole Foods Market achieve its goals in the EPA's GreenChill program, a partnership wit Read More...

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