QVC Uses Sheep As Lawn Mowers In North Carolina

QVC was just a fount of news Tuesday.

In addition to announcing its participation with Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars” this season, the home shopping network also issued a press release saying it had completed work on a second solar farm, this one comprising 11,564 panels on 11 acres, at the Rocky Mount Distribution Center in North Carolina.

North Carolina Gov. McCrory asks QVC about its sheep

North Carolina Gov. McCrory asks QVC about its sheep (not really)

Now generating 5.8 million kilowatt-hours per year, the new addition brings the combined total number of panels at the site to 17,244 over 18 acres. The first field of 5,680 solar panels on seven acres of land was completed in November 2008, according to the press release.

“QVC will conserve enough kilowatt-hours of energy to reduce CO2 emissions that are equivalent to 458,766 gallons of gasoline,” said Bill Stanulis, QVC Rocky Mount Distribution Center General Manager. “As one of the largest employers in Edgecombe County, we are committed to conserving energy by implementing sustainable solutions and reducing waste.”

Other QVC sustainability initiatives at the site include:

* A recycling program that salvages 4 million pounds of corrugate and 100,000 pounds of plastic recycling per year

* Warehouse lighting using energy-efficient T5 fluorescent fixtures and motion lighting sensors

* High efficiency HVAC units and LED lighting installed in all dock lights.

* A “white roof” that reduces cooling costs

* A community garden created for employees to grow fresh vegetables for local food banks

* Sheep on the premises that have reduced the need for gas-powered lawn mowers

“QVC is a valued retailer and is a huge asset to the Rocky Mount region,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said in a canned statement. “They continue to increase their value to the area by exploring and implementing sustainable energy options. We applaud their leadership and appreciate their contribution to the community.”

QVC Rocky Mount has been in Edgecombe County since 2000 and employs more than 1,000 people. During peak seasons, the company employs as many as 1,500 people.

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