The Big-Box Efficiency Project is evaluating the impacts of installing an integrated suite of precommercial energy efficiency technologies on utility costs, human comfort, operational efficiency, water consumption and maintenance costs. The goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technologies to achieve at least a 20% reduction in electricity consumption, thus creating a blueprint for big-box retail stores across California with similar end‐use and system characteristics.
With funding from the California Energy Commission, this multiyear project is a partnership between Walmart, Center for Sustainable Energy, Southern California Edison and other key participants. The test site is a Walmart Supercenter in the City of Covina, located about 20 miles east of Los Angeles within an area identified by the state as having disadvantaged communities.
This project is part of efforts to reduce energy use in large retail and commercial buildings and develop ways to help create a more stable electrical grid and meet the state’s carbon emission reduction goals.