Grocery Chain Reduces Energy Use by 15% in 9 Older Stores.
MEDINA, MINN. (September 18, 2017) – Sprouts Farmers Markets, a grocery chain of more than 275 stores known for healthful and organic foods, cut its energy use in nine older stores by 15 percent in four months.
With the help of software and services from Singh360, a Minnesota-based energy management company, Sprouts exceeded their project goal by 100 percent.
Sprouts is committed to promoting healthy living and environmental sustainability, with all new stores are built to LEED Silver specifications and older stores upgraded continuously. The stores average about 28,000 to 30,000 square feet each.
The grocer’s longer-term goal is to reduce energy use by 10 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually across all stores. To help achieve that goal, the nine stores underwent a process of retro-commissioning under the direction of Singh360, which evaluated the stores for energy efficiency, including HVAC systems, refrigeration, lighting, ventilation and plugged loads.
Singh360 also deployed software from its sister company, kWh360, to identify and evaluate the opportunities to save energy.
Our first goal was to figure out why these stores were energy inefficient,” says Abtar Singh, founder and CEO of both Singh360 and kWh360. “Then we had to fix the causes of inefficiency. And finally, we are tracking the energy savings over time.”
The software calculated the savings by normalizing for changes in weather,” Singh says. “That’s how we know we are way above our target, with average reductions of 20 kW per store.”
About kWh360 Inc.
kWh360 (www.kwh360.com) provides software applications and services that help organizations manage the energy efficiency of their buildings across many locations. The company offers tools for building owners, energy consultants and providers of energy-efficiency technologies. Software tools from kWh360 help their users conduct energy surveys. They also perform computer modeling and payback calculations, and they facilitate collection of utility rebates.
About Singh360 Inc.
Singh360 (www.singh360.com) specializes in facility management. The company’s principals have worked with the supermarket industry for 20 years, providing objective counsel that helps operators find and implement the best solutions to energy and maintenance challenges.
The company also provides services that range from building-envelope assessments to complete design of mechanical and electrical systems for new and existing buildings. The company works with HVAC, lighting and refrigeration systems, using a mobile and cloud app from kWh360 Inc.
The company helps organizations set priorities for efficiency projects, based on their goals for sustainability, payback, and return on investment.
Singh360 also provides turnkey installations of EMS systems, VFD (refrigeration compressors/condenser and HVAC fans) and demand control ventilation for kitchen hoods. The company refrofits EC motors, refrigeration doors, BAC Trillium condensers and LED lights. It provides services for commissioning, recommissioning, and test and balance.
About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, meat and seafood, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sprouts employs more than 27,000 team members and operates more than 275 stores in 15 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.
Abtar Singh, info@kWh360.com