The falling prices of photovoltaic (PV) panels are resulting in
more installations, and one of the largest PV projects in the U.S.
is in Kannapolis, N.C., at SHOE SHOW INC.'s distribution
Founded in 1960, SHOE SHOW is the largest independent shoe
retailer in the country. During the past 50 years, the company has
continued to grow with stores named SHOE SHOW,® SHOE DEPT.®
and Burlington Shoes. Currently, SHOE SHOW has 1,123 locations in
37 states. The company focuses on providing quality products,
service and value. It has maintained its formula for success
through technological advances and operating efficiencies, such as
a standard shoe design and an efficient distribution center, and
has become a pioneer in developing sustainable procedures in-house
and in its stores.
On solid footing
Demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability,
SHOE SHOW recently installed a 5.2-megawatt (MW) PV array atop its
distribution center and corporate office. Before it invested $22
million in PV panels, SHOE SHOW wanted to be sure the existing roof
system was sufficient for the PV installation and approached
HydroStop, Charleston, S.C., a brand of Quest Construction
Products, Charleston, about the project. One-third of the 1
million-square-foot roof system already had PV panels installed
over the existing 8-year-old TPO membrane. The remaining two-thirds
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