Walgreens to Build Net Zero Energy Store
March 08, 2013
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens plans to build a net zero energy store in Evanston, Ill. The store, which the retailer believes will be the nation’s first retail store to produce energy equal to or greater than the energy it consumes, will feature solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology, energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration. The store will be located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Keeney Street, where demolition of an existing Walgreens store now is underway. The company will measure the store’s performance for an entire year to determine if it reaches its goal of net zero energy use. Walgreens currently operates two stores that have achieved a gold level LEED certification; 150 stores using solar power; a store in Oak Park, Ill., using geothermal energy; a distribution center in Waxahachie, Texas, that generates energy though the use of wind; and 400 locations with electric vehicle charging stations.