SolarCity and Whole Foods Market, Inc announced a plan to install solar power systems on locations across the United States. The plan aims to increase the production of solar power and offset some need for traditional grid power while helping Whole Foods Market (WFM) save money.
In total, WFM plans to retrofit up to 100 stores with rooftop solar. SolarCity will deliver solar power services for many stores across the Whole Foods Market portfolio, in locations such as Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. SolarCity will custom design each solar power system to maximize the amount of grid power offset and expects to begin installation this spring. WFM will also save money with the new solar installations by purchasing power from SolarCity at a discount to current electricity costs, locking in low solar energy rates for years into the future. Once completed, these solar power systems are expected to place Whole Foods Market within the top 25 corporate solar users in the nation.
NRG Energy, Inc. has also reached an agreement to install rooftop solar at up to 84 Whole Foods stores and distribution centers across 9 states to generate renewable energy onsite. When completed and determined by final negotiations and analysis, the portfolio of solar projects has the potential to generate up to 13.8 megawatts (MW) of solar power.
NRG will help Whole Foods Market build what may become, upon completion, one of the largest commercial rooftop solar installations in the country.
“Installing solar at Whole Foods Market locations across the country will increase the percentage of renewable energy that is generated in communities where we work,” said Kathy Loftus, Global Leader in Sustainability for Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to work with NRG to bring about this multiple stakeholder view of our clean energy goals while simultaneously maximizing the utilization of resources.”
“Whole Foods Market is an ideal match for NRG. Their vision and mission aligns with NRG’s approach to driving smarter, cleaner energy solutions while continuing to serve customers, neighbors and the community,” said Rob Gaudette, SVP, Business Solutions, NRG. “We’re committed to providing our customers, like Whole Foods Market, with energy solutions that support both sustainability and economic growth.”
When executed, the Whole Foods Market project portfolio is expected to be funded in part through NRG’s ongoing partnership with NRG Yield.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.