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100 Department Stores Go Solar

100 Department Stores Go Solar

One hundred Kohl’s department stores now have solar panels generating electricity. The 100th store is in Mays Landing, New Jersey and recently activated its solar technology. Seven more stores in Pennsylvania are slated to also get their own solar panels by March of 2011.

Each Kohl’s store has about 1,400 panels, which supply about forty percent of the energy demand at each location. The company estimated so far their investment in energy management has saved about 50 million dollars. Their ultimate goal is to be carbon-neutral by the end of this year. Kohl’s started adding solar panels to their stores three years ago. Their solar program was launched in California, at the Laguna Nigel store. Today they have 62 stores with solar panels in California, out of a total of 121, with 38 solar stores in other states.

Ken Bonning, a senior manager said, “Our 100 solar locations, commitment to build 73 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified locations and 500 ENERGY STAR stores demonstrate our ongoing commitment to sustainability with meaningful results.” (Source:

Kohl’s now has stores or distribution centers with solar panels in California, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon and Colorado. They reportedly use the most solar panels of all retail companies in North America. In January of 2010, they achieved one hundred percent green  power, according to their press release. Nationwide Kohl’s operates just over 1,000 stores in 49 states.

The White House might take some notes from the department store chain. Recently it rejected a free offer of new solar panels, and still has none on its own roof.

Image Credit: Kohl’s

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2:20PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Agreed! If only other stores started doing the same thing! (And, hey, after the initial investment, it would save them a lot in overhead...)

11:16AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Babysteps in the right direction!

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11:14AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

babysteps to save energy costs - but in the right direction - maybe we all learn after all!

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10:09AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Now THIS is the way to go with solar energy. Unless people live in mansions there doesn't seem much point in making the big investment for housing, but public buildings, supermarkets and other business premises - especially new build - should get on board with this.

9:49PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help

4:22PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Good to hear

12:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

good news!

9:09AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

I hope other department stores take note and follow Kohl's example.

5:13AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:04AM PST on Nov 9, 2010


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