April 21, 2011
Seven-Eleven Japan Co. plans to install power-saving in-store and signboard lights at 5,000 convenience stores across the country as part of a $122 million program to manage anticipated power shortages this summer.
The power shortages are primarily expected in eastern and northeastern regions of Japan. The program hopes to reduce electrical consumption by 25 percent between July and September. To help meet that goal, the company is also installing solar panels on 1,000 store rooftops.
Damages from the March earthquake and tsunami is expected to continue yielding power shortages across the country, and the Japanese government is responding by considering limiting the use of electricity by large companies going forward.
Other convenience store chains in Japan, including Lawsons and FamilyMart, also have programs in place to reduce energy consumption through improved lighting and HVAC management.