Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohlâ€™s Department Stores has opened its 59th solar location in California, in Sacramento. The store, one of 30 California locations opened on Wednesday by the chain, is Kohlâ€™s 79th solar location nationwide.
The Sacramento store features a 990-panel, 206 kilowatt solar array that will generate approximately 50% of the storeâ€™s energy and is expected to offset almost 5.7 million lbs. of CO2 during its lifespan. Other recent California solar locations activated by Kohlâ€™s in the last month include Mira Loma, Rancho San Diego and San Jose South.
â€śEnergy efficiency and green power are key business and environmental strategies for Kohlâ€™s, and we continue to work to make them an integral part of building and expansion efforts,â€ť said Ken Bonning, Kohlâ€™s executive VP store planning and logistics. â€śOur solar program is a hallmark of our green power efforts, and weâ€™re continuing to expand it because it demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and improving the environment directly in the communities we serve.â€ť
The 30 stores Kohlâ€™s opened in California on Wednesday were among the 36 former Mervyns locations acquired by the chain since December 2008. These California locations, like all Kohlâ€™s stores, have high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, occupancy sensor lighting for stockrooms, break rooms and offices, and a recycling program for cardboard boxes, hangers and packaging.
Kohlâ€™s near-term goal is to have 100 solar locations in six states: California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon. Currently, California is home to 75% of Kohlâ€™s solar stores, including its largest solar array at the San Bernardino distribution center.