Home Depot announced that it is aligning with Tesla and GE to add solar installations at 50 stores as it pushes forward with its sustainable energy plans. The company said that the installations areessentially creating mini solar farms out of unused rooftops.”
The initiative will reportedly reduce annual electricity grid demand by around 30 to 35 percent at each Home Depot store. The companyÂ wrote that this is Â“the equivalent of powering 2,300 average U.S. homes for a year.Â”
The average Home Depot roofÂ is aboutÂ 104,000 square feet and is slated to accommodate 1,000 panels.
22 stores in New York and CaliforniaÂ will be outfitted with the solar panels, six of which with Tesla Powerpacks so as to store and dispatch energy as needed. The remaining 28 stores will be powered by GEÂ’s Current. Those stores will be located in New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Source: The Home Depot PR
Â“Our alternative energy projects are important elements of our sustainability and operations efforts as they reduce carbon emissions while also lowering our energy costs,Â”
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Home DepotÂ’s vice president of labor and operations. The company says that theÂ solar additions to 50 selected stores will bring the companyÂ’s overall alternative energy footprint to more than 130 MW. Home Depot is aiming to utilizeÂ 135 MW of renewable energy by 2020, which will be in close range once the solar paneled stores come to fruition.
The rooftop miniature solar farms are Home DepotÂ’s latest foray into clean energy. The company also boasts Solar Power Purchase Agreements in Delaware and Massachusetts and fuel cells at more than 170 stores and distribution centers.
The company also announced the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm in Texas thisÂ January and in June added the Zopiloapan Wind Farm in central Mexico.
Tesla Powerpack in Mira Loma Substation (Source: Tesla)
As for TeslaÂ’s involvement, its Powerpack is the companyÂ’s commercial battery systems. Powerpack was recently in the news after Transgrid, an Australian transmission operator, announced it would utilizeÂ a 250 kilowatt, 500 kWh Powerpack installation in New South Wales. The goal of that Powerpack was stated to be an ensured management of fluctuating energy demand as well as a preventive strike against blackouts.
Home Depot says that the 50 stores will continue undergoing construction throughout the rest of 2017.
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