Kohl's Converting Californian Stores To Solar Power
Yesterday, Kohl's announced plans to convert more than 75 percent of its department stores in California to solar power beginning in May. The first stores involved in the project will be in Laguna Niguel and Visalia. Twenty-four of Kohl's 80 California stores will immediately convert, and the company is seeking permits and approvals for another 40 stores in the state. Kohl's management said the company's initial solar foray will generate more than 35 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy.
Kohl's has contracted with SunEdison, a solar energy service provider in Maryland to undertake the project. Constructing and activating each California Kohl's solar conversion will take approximately 12 weeks. The first two stores will be completed by August, and all solar locations in California will be finalized by the end of 2008.