LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Officials with L'Oréal USA said Tuesday that a proposed North Little Rock solar plant will help the company's future as well as provide clean energy for the company's facility.
The North Little Rock facility is among two projects in the southeast United States that company officials say represent an acceleration of the company's goals to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent from its 2005 baseline.
L'Oréal USA will achieve an 80 percent reduction, and plans to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity for its manufacturing in the United States through the projects and the purchase of additional, locally-sourced renewable energy certificates (RECs). The project in Florence will be the largest commercial solar array in Kentucky and the project in North Little Rock will be the third largest commercial array in Arkansas.
The North Little Rock plant, also in partnership with Scenic Hill Solar, will house a 1.2-megawatt array that will be the third largest commercial solar array and the fourth largest solar project in Arkansas. The 4,000 solar panel installation in North Little Rock is scheduled to be operational by mid-2017 and will reduce carbon emissions in Arkansas by 1,326 metric tons per year, equivalent to eliminating nearly 3.2 million miles traveled by passenger cars per year, according to EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies. L'Oréal first installed a solar array at its North Little Rock plant in 2012, which now supplies the equivalent of 100 percent of its outdoor lighting needs.
The 446,691 sq. ft. factory has operated in the state for over four decades, and is home to cosmetics production for brands including Maybelline, L'Oréal Paris, Essie and Lancôme. L'Oréal is the fourth largest industrial employer in the Greater Little Rock area and this plant has nearly 500 employees.
"We are very excited to continue on our site's sustainability journey" said Eric Fox, L'Oréal's North Little Rock Plant Manager. "This next phase of our on-site solar installation not only paves the way for expanded low-carbon manufacturing, but also can serve as a catalyst for continued investment in renewable energy technology in the Natural State."
"We are delighted to partner with L'Oréal, a demonstrated sustainability leader, and help them to simultaneously meet their bold goals for clean, renewable energy and reduce their electricity costs," said Bill Halter, CEO of Scenic Hill Solar. "We commend L'Oréal on their continued global leadership in sustainability and are honored to partner with them."
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