Kohl’s converting California stores to solar power


The Business Journal of Milwaukee – April 26, 2007

There are a lot of good reasons for Kohl’s department stores to do this and I praise them for the leadership. More companies should try to use alternative sources for energy and justify it by carbon dioxide offsets or for geopolitical reasons and reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Kohl’s Corp. plans to convert more than 75 percent of its department stores in California to solar power beginning in May. The Menomonee Falls-based retailer announced Thursday morning that the first stores involved in the project will be in Laguna Niguel and in 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 and, in the first year, will offset more than 28 million pounds of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

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