Walgreens alliance with SolarCity aims to expand renewable energy in Colorado

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The US' largest pharmacy chain Walgreens has signed a partnership with clean energy provider SolarCity to bring renewable energy provision to its stores in Colorado.

SolarCity will install new solar systems on 22 Walgreens stores across 14 different cities in the state.

The new solar systems are estimated to reduce more than 47.5 million of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions the next 20 years, which is equal to 25,711 tree planting as the Environmental Protection Agency predicts.

Menno Enters, Walgreens’ director of Energy and Sustainability said: “A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company’s core values. SolarCity is helping us contribute to the health of the local communities we operate in by providing us with clean energy as well as contributing to the local economy in Colorado.”

The first installation was at the retail store on Smoky Hill Road in the City of Aurora in Colorado.

The Solar Energy Industries Association has ranked Walgreens at the second place of the country’s retailer list due to the utilization of renewable energy at its stores.

Walgreens commenced the solar system implementation in 2007 at many of its retail stores across the country.

The Colorado project helps Walgreens to reach the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge.

The company’s target is to reduce 20% of its energy use by the year 2020 across 125 million square feet of its retail floor space.

Eric Wittenberg, SolarCity’s regional vice president in Colorado said: “SolarCity is proud to support Walgreens’ renewable energy goals that have made it one of the greenest retailers today. The adoption of solar by companies like Walgreens also has an economic impact in the community as it drives the growth of local jobs. Since we launched our services in Colorado in 2009, our two local operations centres in Denver and Parker now employ more than 180 people.”
 

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