Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Saluting REI

I think it's time that I salute another company for making strides toward being more environmentally friendly. This time, the props go to REI, the company that sells outdoor recreation gear and sporting goods.

According to an article on,
Recreational Equipment Inc., better known as REI, announced on May 15 that it will install photovoltaic solar panels in 10 percent of its stores. The stores chosen are located throughout California.

The solar panels will generate about 1.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and prevent 880 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Photovoltaic panels can generate around 35 percent of each store's electricity needs.
And if you check REI's website, you'll find the following statement:
We’re committed to increasing our energy efficiency and switching to new renewable power sources wherever possible. We purchase about 20 percent of our electricity from green sources such as wind and biomass, and we are working with utility companies to develop more options. We’re also introducing on-site energy generation technologies such solar hot water heaters and solar electric systems like the building integrated photovoltaic system at our Boulder store.

The bottom line is...

Keep up the good work, REI.

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