Kohl’s Department Stores announced earlier this month that it will expand its solar power program by adding a sixth state, Oregon, where it will convert four of its nine stores to solar power. Kohl’s already has solar projects in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
A year ago, Safeway announced that it would power 23 California stores with solar energy. Wal-Mart, likewise, launched a solar energy pilot project last year, with a goal of eventually being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
At Kohl’s, solar panel installation will begin first at the Hillsboro, Ore., store, On average, Kohl’s reports that solar panels will provide about 25 percent of each store’s energy. Over the 20-year life of the program, the solar energy produced is expected to offset 12.9 million pounds of carbon dioxide, which is enough energy to power 1,682 households in Oregon annually or the equivalent of taking 1,255 cars off the road for a year.
In total, Kohl’s has converted 43 locations to solar power and has plans to activate 85 additional sites across its six-state program.