Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohlâ€™s Corp. announced Wednesday that it will expand its solar program to a sixth state, Oregon, with plans to convert four of its nine stores to solar power.
In addition to Oregon, Kohlâ€™s has solar projects underway in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Wisconsin.
The solar-panel installation will begin in August at the Hillsboro store, the first Kohlâ€™s location scheduled for solar power in the state. Planning is underway to convert three additional Oregon stores to solar power. On average, solar panels will provide about 25% of each storeâ€™s energy.
When complete, the four Oregon installations will collectively provide up to 900 kilowatts of power and are expected to produce up to 1 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year. Over the 20-year life of the program, the solar energy produced is expected to offset 12.9 million lbs. of carbon dioxide, which is enough energy to power 1,682 households in Oregon annually or the equivalent.