Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohlâ€™s Department Stores announced Tuesday that the company has purchased enough green power to meet 100% of its purchased electricity use with an annual green power purchase of nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh).
With this latest purchase of renewable energy, Kohlâ€™s increased its ranking to No. 2 overall and among Fortune 500 companies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s listings of top green power purchasers.
Kohlâ€™s retains its top ranking among retailers.
According to the EPA, Kohl's green power purchase of 1,367,376,000 kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon-dioxide emissions of nearly 188,000 passenger vehicles per year or the amount of electricity needed to power nearly 128,000 average American homes annually.
Kohl's purchases a combination of renewable-energy certificates and utility green power products in the areas of solar, wind and biomass generation. Several Kohlâ€™s initiatives reflect the use and support of green power, including the rollout of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified store prototype and a progressive solar program that generates solar power on-site at nearly 80 locations in six states.