Wal-Mart and others working with DOE on LED lighting project
New York City Wal-Mart Stores and 11 other retailers are working with the U.S. Department of Energy on a project to determine what elements would be necessary to successfully use LED lighting in a retail parking lot setting.
The project grew out of the Retailer Energy Alliance, a coalition of about 40 retailers working with the Energy Department to find ways to reduce energy use through innovative new technologies. As part of the test, Wal-Mart has outfitted its store in Leavenworth, Kan., with 33 poles supporting 92 LED fixtures. The retailer will monitor the energy savings and performance on an annual basis, and after the first year, the company will start evaluating the project's success.