Sustainable Design Features
|Cool roofs||Reduce energy demand and the urban heat island effect|
|Energy-efficient lighting||Reduce energy consumption and operating costs|
|Hybrid and carpool parking and bicycle storage||Promotes low-carbon transportation solutions|
|Low-emitting sealants, adhesives and carpet systems||Reduce reliance on non-renewable resources, contribute to better air quality and ensure a healthier work environment|
|Onsite recycling||Reduce waste sent to landfills and incinerators|
|Recycled and locally-sourced construction materials||Decrease carbon foot print and support local economies|
|Skylights and clerestory windows||Maximize use of natural sunlight|
|Solar and other renewables||Generate sustainable energy|
|Water conservation||Reduces natural resource usage|
Sustainable Design Features of Prologis Buildings
Prologis and Amazon Partner on Northern California's Largest Solar Installation
Amazon introduced a new rooftop solar energy system at its fulfillment center in Tracy, California, at a property developed and owned by Prologis. With 11,700 solar roof panels, the 3.8-megawatt rooftop installation is one of the largest in California and represents the latest collaboration between the two companies. Prologis and Amazon worked together to achieve a joint goal of optimizing sustainability in the Tracy facility. The solar panels cover two-thirds of the fulfillment center’s 23-acre roof to generate enough electricity to power 560 homes.
Construction Pods Reduce Emissions
Up to 50 percent of the total carbon dioxide emissions generated from distribution centers result from the construction phase. This inspired Prologis, with our construction partner ASK Romein, to generate sustainable energy at Prologis Park Eindhoven while building a 750,000 square foot distribution center for XPO Logistics. The result is the Prologis Energy Container, which supplies the onsite construction shed with 100 percent renewable energy. Two wind turbines stand on 10-meter masts at the site, and 12 solar panels are mounted to a 20-foot-long construction container with a 10-kilowatt battery pack, which stores enough energy to supply approximately two households with energy. These innovative pods are the ideal solution for supplying emission-free, stable, silent, high-yielding energy to construction sheds.
LED Upgrade: Better Lighting at a Lower Cost
Using LED can reduce the energy consumption of lighting by 50 to 90 percent, delivering better light at a lower cost. Working closely with service provider KMLS, Prologis developed a sustainable model to reduce energy costs at Prologis Park Hamburg-Steinwerder, which is about 440,000 square feet. The upgrade replaced 84 round high bay fixtures, which used 400-watt mercury vapor lamps, with energy-efficient LED lights. The project reduced the number of required fixtures to 64 because of LED luminous efficacy, and the new elongated high bay LED fixtures offer more evenly distributed lighting over a greater surface area. The new system allows for more cost-effective installation and consumes less energy. Maintenance and cleaning are also easier, providing potential savings on servicing costs.
Prologis Japan’s Feed-in-Tariff Solar Program
Japan’s 2009 pilot solar project was a 1 megawatt (MW) rooftop installation in Tokyo. In 2012, when the Japanese government initiated a national feed-in tariff program to encourage solar adoption, Prologis was an early mover in securing opportunities to participate in the program and deliver clean energy to the electric grid. Launched in 2013, a four-phase project at sites in and around Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya Fukuoka and Tohoku has been successful and continues into 2017. As of year end 2016, Prologis' solar portfolio in Japan totals nearly 32 MW across 25 warehouses.
UK Rooftop Solar
ln 2014, as part of a larger effort to incorporate sustainable design features into our warehouses, Prologis UK made its initial investment in rooftop solar on a build-to-suit project for Amazon. Subsequently, in partnership with a wider range of customers, Prologis UK has added over 5 megawatts of solar to its warehouse portfolio. The Prologis UK team chose four sites in Northampton, Dunstable and Brogborough for rooftop solar, designed to offset 10 percent of the facilities’ electrical consumption and produce over 600 kW/m2 of clean energy per year. Two of these rooftop solar projects were completed in 2016, and two are under construction.
The Kona Solar Project
Prologis partnered with Bright Plain Renewables and D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments to design and build solar plants at Prologis-owned warehouses in Southern California. The three sustainably designed warehouses—in Ontario, Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga—total over 1.3 million square feet. At nearly 6.2 megawatts, the project produces an estimated 9.8 million kilowatt hours per year. D.E. Shaw is the long-term owner of the installations, leasing roof space from Prologis, which owns the warehouse. D.E. Shaw sells the energy produced to Southern California Edison through its solar photovoltaic program.
KTR Rochester Rooftop Solar Project
Prologis acquired a 236,000 SF warehouse and distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, California, as part of the KTR portfolio acquisition. At the time of acquisition, the roof lease was in place, the initial design was completed and the project was awaiting a permit. Working with the solar investor and developer, Prologis Energy enhanced the design and executed the project. In 2016, the 1.1 megawatt solar rooftop installation was connected to the grid. TerraForm Power owns the installation. They lease the roof space from Prologis, which owns the warehouse, and sell the energy produced to Southern California Edison through its solar photovoltaic program.