Walmart has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Balzac.

The fresh food distribution centre will be an estimated 60% more energy-efficient than the company's traditional refrigerated centres.

It's expected to save the company $4.8 million in energy costs over five years.

The plant includes the company's first pilots of hydrogen fuel cells, solar thermal and wind power, as well as many other sustainability features and products.

Walmart Canada has invested $115 million to build the 400,000 square foot centre, which serves as a hub for fresh and frozen food destined for 104 of the company's stores in Western Canada, from Manitoba to British Columbia.

Over the course of its construction, an estimated 800 jobs were created in trade and construction roles.

The facility will employ approximately 600 team members.