Walgreens is building a completely self-powered store

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Announced within an official press release on the company site, Walgreens will soon be starting development on a “net zero energy” store that will produce enough energy to operate self-sufficiently. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the location of the store was chosen in order to allow Walgreens engineers easy access since the company headquarters is just a thirty minute drive away. According to the designs, the store will generate approximately 265,000 kilowatt hours per year. However, the retail store will only require 200,000 kilowatt hours per year to operate and all excess energy will be delivered back into the grid.

Solar PanelsIn order to generate such a large quantity of power over time, the store will be outfitted with a minimum of 800 roof-top solar panels on the roof and two wind turbines in front of the store. In addition, Walgreens engineers will be drilling approximately 550 feet into the ground beneath the store in order to utilize geothermal energy. This energy will be used to cool or heat the store based on the current season.

In order to conserve energy when operating the store, the Walgreens team will be installing energy efficient building materials in the structure, LED lighting and high-efficiency carbon dioxide refrigeration equipment for the grocery section of the store.

When asked about the net zero initiative, Walgreens vice president of facilities development Thomas Connolly said “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail industry in use of green technology. We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores.” Since Walgreens operates approximately 8,000 stores within the United States, this self-powered store will likely serve as an experiment for the company. If successful, aspects of the design could potentially roll out at other Walgreens locations around the country in the future.

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  1. Opa Johnson 1 year Ago  
    This I gotta see.
  2. Clay Pesta 1 year Ago  
    How cool is that!!!!
  3. Nadine Murski 1 year Ago  
    I mean... It's wal GREEN s. I would hope they would be one of the first to start doing this.
  4. Kanonie Naskem Hall 1 year Ago  
    Mooke I got a civil engineer who is trying to get a merge for transferring all ac to dc current. I will not tell anyone his plans but you know somebody who want to invest? I got plans and designs and just tried to get twenty punk million to start the mnufacturing but you can imagine how the reaction has been. Hating on top of hating. But, the show still going. You got my number 288 7166 and e-mail. I will shoot you some of the homes I did green technology on with mostly green materials. You know we too samrt now. All this education and collaberation cause before you make twenty they want ten. you feel me?
  5. Kirk Wedekind 1 year Ago  
    That's awesome.
  6. John Martin 1 year Ago  
    And this helps pay back the 200k per store in government paid medical costs that wal mart won'r pay.
  7. Karen Kusic 1 year Ago  
    Also like that Walgreens announced they have cut ties to ALEC.
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Corporations_Which_Have_Cut_Ties_to_ALEC
  8. Claude Reed 1 year Ago  
    they forgot the solar hot water heater
  9. Janine Voruz 1 year Ago  
    GREAT news!!
  10. William Webb Dodd 1 year Ago  
    Just the Flagship store? they should implement this across their vast network of energy hungry stores across the land.
    1. "We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores."
    2. It helps to read the article, not just look at pictures.
  11. Christopher Spelman 1 year Ago  
    If the world comes to an end I know what building I'm taking over.
  12. Anthony Soto 1 year Ago  
    Haha! I read this on mi iPad DT app and shared this to my friends before your post. :) spreading the word as always! Love DT.