By  on June 7, 2007

Macy's West is getting greener in California.

The San Francisco division of Macy's said on Wednesday that it would install rooftop solar power panels and upgrade energy systems in 26 of its 114 stores in the Golden State. The locations are split evenly between northern and Southern California, and were chosen for their potential to maximize conservation.

The effort, a collaboration with Sun Power Corp., a Silicon Valley manufacturer of solar panels and systems, is expected to reduce the stores' reliance on public utility-provided energy by 40 percent.

The initiative comes in anticipation of green legislation from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Joe Venne, vice president of energy systems for Macy's West. The division operates 193 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Guam.

"It's the right thing to do,'' Venne said. "Also, the incentive programs were outstanding that were offered from utility companies [Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Edison]. There are rebates and tax credits."

The system upgrades and solar panels will be installed beginning in July and will significantly reduce Macy's carbon dioxide emissions. Energy upgrades include high-efficiency lighting and heating and ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

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