Walgreens to build nation’s first net-zero energy retail store in Illinois

Walgreens eco friendly store

With retail stores like Walmart already pledging to make all stores run on renewable sources of energy, Walgreens seems to have taken the lead by planning to build the country’s first net-zero energy retail store in Evanston, Illinois. The store will make use of a combination of solar, wind and geothermal energy to produce all electricity required by the store and will also be investing heavily in energy saving systems that will reduce its usage by more than 40 percent.

The drugstore chain stated that it plans to reduce its energy consumption by 20 percent chain-wide by 2020. The plan calls in for the installation of 800 rooftop solar panels, two wind turbines and a geothermal well that will provide energy for heating and cooling. Moreover, energy-efficient building materials will be used alongside LED lighting systems and carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment at the store.

The company hopes that with the inclusion of a rich plethora of clean energy generation systems, the store will be able to produce about 265,000kWh of electricity, while using about 200,000kWh. Walgreens is aiming to have the store achieve the LEED Platinum status for this facility.

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