DENVER, ROSEMEAD, Calif. and DALLAS, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD), Southern California Edison (SCE) and Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) today announced that Kimberly-Clark's Redlands, Calif. distribution center has received one of the largest single rooftop solar power installations in the country.
Expanding on the 100 kilowatt solar array installed in 2009, the 4.9 megawatt (DC), or 3.5 megawatt (AC), solar installation now covers 350,000 square feet of roof space. The renewable energy generated from this rooftop solar array will produce up to 6.6 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year, will offset approximately 4,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, and provide enough electricity to power approximately 925 average Southern California homes a year.
Prologis owns the building, Prologis Park Redlands #5, and managed the construction of the solar facility. The project was designed and financed by SCE, which will own the solar installation and use the power to serve customers in the community. Kimberly-Clark is the building's sole tenant and receives power from the original 100–kilowatt solar installation.
"Kimberly-Clark's commitment to sustainability includes finding more ways to promote the use of renewable energy, including utilizing available rooftop space," said Suhas Apte, vice president, Global Sustainability, Kimberly-Clark.
Built in 2005, Prologis Park Redlands #5 is a 700,000-square foot facility that has been occupied by Kimberly-Clark since 2007. The company uses the distribution center to supply its full line of consumer products — including Kleenex, Huggies, Scott, Depend and Kotex — to retailers around the country.
Throughout California, SCE and Prologis have worked together to bring more than 50 megawatts of solar projects online since 2008.
"Prologis is proud to continue to partner with SCE to install solar power systems throughout Southern California," said Drew Torbin, vice president of renewable energy at Prologis. "The Redlands Distribution Center solar power system is the latest example of SCE's and Prologis' ongoing leadership in this area which has already brought over 50 megawatts of solar projects online.
Rudy Perez, manager of SCE's Solar PV Program, said "We are happy to partner with Kimberly-Clark and Prologis to provide this neighborhood a solar power plant that will allow SCE to provide its customers with increased use of renewable energy while helping to reduce its cost."
Prologis, Inc. is the leading owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate, focused on global and regional markets across the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of September 30 2011, Prologis owned or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects totaling approximately 600 million square feet (55.7 million square meters) in 22 countries. The company leases modern distribution facilities to more than 4,500 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people – nearly a quarter of the world's population – trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 139-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
SOURCE Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Prologis Inc.; Southern California Edison