The Home Depot has announced the addition of solar installations at 50 stores across the U.S. as it continues to expand its alternative energy portfolio, creating mini solar farms out of the stores’ unused rooftops.
According to the home improvement specialty retailer, the project will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30% to 35% annually at each Home Depot store – the equivalent of powering 2,300 average U.S. homes for a year. The average store roof, at approximately 104,000 square feet, will accommodate 1,000 panels.
The Home Depot is working with Current, powered by GE, on 20 solar installations at stores in New Jersey, as well as eight stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C. An additional 22 stores in California and New York will receive solar, six of which will utilize Tesla Powerpacks to store energy and dispatch additional power as needed.
“Our alternative energy projects are important elements of our sustainability and operations efforts, as they reduce carbon emissions while also lowering our energy costs,” says David Hawkins, vice president of labor and operations for The Home Depot.
The company’s current alternative and renewable portfolio includes the following:
- Solar power purchase agreements in Delaware and Massachusetts;
- Fuel cells at more than 170 stores and distribution centers;
- The Los Mirasoles Wind Farm northeast of McAllen, Texas, announced this January; and
- The Zopiloapan Wind Farm located in central Mexico, added this June.
The solar addition will bring the company’s alternative energy footprint to more than 130 MW as it pursues the goal of utilizing 135 MW of alternative and renewable energy by 2020. Construction on the selected stores will continue throughout 2017.
This article was originally featured on solarindustrymag.com.