Retail businesses across the globe are at a crucial crossroads as they strive to achieve net-zero emissions. With an imperative to balance operational continuity alongside significant sustainable transformation, it’s essential to choose integrated solutions and strategies that deliver seamless results. 

Workers on roof of warehouse with Solar panels


The large apparel retail customer faced challenges implementing on-site renewable energy projects because of their fast- paced leasing model. Lack of ownership and control over the buildings presented obstacles to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals and corporate environmental targets. The main challenges included:  

  • Increased risk to invest in asset that's use will exceed lease length.
  • Challenges reducing Scope 2 emissions through deployment of onsite solar without infrastructure ownership. 
  • Exposure to energy-cost fluctuations without solar and energy storage solutions, impacting budgeting and cost planning. 


Prologis introduced SolarSmart and StorageSmart to address the retail customer's challenges. The long-term relationship between Prologis and the customer played a crucial role in establishing trust and selecting Prologis as a sustainability partner. The synergy of the two offerings as one complete solution provided the assurance of clean, efficient and reliable power, optimized by flexible storage. 


Implementation included installation of over 5 megawatts of solar and storage capacity across two adjacent buildings, covering a roof area of 500,000 square feet. A roof replacement project is scheduled for after the holiday season, estimated to require only three to four months to complete. Prologis’ flexibility and integration capabilities ensured minimal disruption to operations, highlighting the importance of scalability and adaptability in the solutions. 


Distribution center 1            
300 kilowatts solar installed, solar-ready roof 

Distribution center 2            
3.76 megawatts solar installed, 1.2 megawatts battery storage installed 


  • Achieved 83% energy offset (.13 metric and 1.6 metric tons for distribution centers 1 and 2, respectively), contributing to the retail customer’s corporate environmental targets.  
  • Contributed toward a goal of 20% renewable electricity by 2030 with assignment of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s) to the customer. 
  • Generated valuable WAIRE Points, fulfilling local air quality mandates. 
  • Installed more than 5 megawatts of combined solar and storage capacity. 
  • Gained cost assurance by being insulated from unknown utility price increases. 

Benefits and Impact 

  • No out-of-pocket costs for the customer. 
  • Flexible solution with no commitment beyond the lease term. 
  • Opportunity to increase energy generation to meet growing demands. 
  • Minimal impact on operations.  

What It Means  

Prologis' SolarSmart and StorageSmart empowered the retail customer to reduce supply chain emissions and take significant steps toward achieving their renewable energy goals—all with the ease of integrated solutions.    

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