How ENERGY STAR Honorees Saved $34 Billion
It starts with a good idea.
In 2014 alone, ENERGY
STAR partners – including this
year’s 128 honorees – saved $34 billion
on utility bills and prevented the release
of more than 300 million metric tons
of greenhouse gas emissions. Many of
them did so by utilizing smart energy
strategies like building certification and
purchasing efficient equipment – tactics
that are within reach for many building
See how four organizations landed
on the 2015 Partner of the Year list. You
just might find your building’s next big
energy idea below.
Hanesbrands: Reduced carbon emissions by over 24% and water use intensity by 31%. The company also increased
its use of cotton yarn derived from recycled fabric, which reduces the need for
energy-intensive inputs of water, fertilizer, and herbicides for cotton growth.
JCPenney: Certified more than 100 of
its buildings in 2014, bringing the company total to 618, a number that includes
stores, one distribution center, and its
corporate headquarters in Plano, TX. The
company also encourages a culture of energy conservation after finding that 42%
ENERGY STAR announced its 128 Partners of the
Year for 2015. Many honorees relied on time-tested, affordable strategies to cut waste.
of its energy savings can be attributed to
Staples: Reduced carbon emissions by
36% over its 2001 baseline despite growing revenue by roughly 130% over the
same time period. The company achieved
this goal through a combination of energy
efficiency initiatives and green power
investments. Additionally, 250 buildings
were re-certified with ENERGY STAR
last year for a total of 650 certified facilities nationwide.
Direc TV: Ensured that all of the more
than 12 million receivers it purchased
in 2014 were ENERGY STAR certified.
The company has deployed 65 million
ENERGY STAR receivers since joining
the program in 2009 and has reduced the
devices’ energy consumption by 8% since
2012 despite a 3% increase in the number
of units deployed.
in PV Operations and Maintenance are
both available free online and include
recommended contractor qualifications,
performance indicators, and other exter-
nal resources. More resources are also
available, such as standardization of solar
contract templates, development of per-
Looking to boost investor con-
fidence in the viability of solar
photovoltaic systems, the Solar
Access to Public Capital working group
has released two best practice guides to
help standardize the processes of system
installation, operations, and maintenance.
The guidelines were developed with
input from 425 members of the photovoltaic market, including areas such as
development, financial, engineering, and
other communities deploying solar assets. These tools will provide a uniform
standard to assess the energy and cost
saving possibilities of photovoltaic installations and can help FMs build the business case for renewable investments.
The group hopes that by ensuring
the uniformity of the photovoltaic use
process, potential investors will be more
confident in the ability of solar systems
to provide stable energy production and
predictable return on investment. Additionally, the group hopes that the use of
standardized practices will help cut due
diligence costs, project review times, and
other barriers to solar implementation.
SAPC Best Practices in PV System
Installation and SAPC Best Practices
Best Practices Developed for Solar Implementation
BEST PRACTICE GUIDE will help property managers overcome barriers to solar implementation and
streamline the process of acquiring appropriate financing for photovoltaic projects.
formance datasets, and engaging rating
agencies via a mock securitization process
to comprehend the risk perspectives of
the asset class.
Download the best practices and standard contracts at financeRE.nrel.gov. B