Walgreens announced it will add more than 200 solar panels to stores in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The store is working with Chicago-based solar developer SoCore Energy LLC on the renewable energy project.
Once complete, Walgreens will have more than 350 stores with solar installations, more than any other retailers in the country. Walgreens has approximately 8,100 stores across the the U.S.
SoCore Energy will own, operate and maintain the solar installations. The two companies first joined together in 2011 to install solar panels at 53 Ohio stores. The panels will generate an estimated 13.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
"SoCore is proud to be developing one of the most important and sizable distributed solar platforms ever constructed in the United States," said Pete Kadens, SoCore's president and CEO.
Earlier this year, Walgreens announced plans to build a "net zero" energy store in Evanston, Ill. The store will generate more electricity than it uses and the remaining energy will be sold back to the grid. The Evanston store will include wind turbines, LED lighting and a geothermal energy system. There have also been reports of space to be provided for customers to charge electric cars.