McCormick Distribution Center: Belcamp, MD
When McCormick & Company wanted to reduce its environmental impact and energy bills, the facility team sought to improve the energy efficiency of its distribution center in Belcamp, Md. The warehouse, which covers more than six football fields, reduced its energy consumption by more than half from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, the spice and flavoring company entered into a power purchase agreement, which involved the installation of an 1,800 kW rooftop solar array and resulted in net zero electricity operation during the following year. Facility managers hope to continue reducing energy use so that the excess electricity generated offsets the annual natural gas use of 17.9 kBtu/ft2, achieving true net zero energy status.