Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’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, Kohl’s increased its ranking to No. 2 overall and among Fortune 500 companies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s listings of top green power purchasers.
Kohl’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 Kohl’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.