Monday, April 30, 2007

Kohl's Stores Make Move to Solar Power

Kohl's department stores have announced that they will covert at least 75 percent of their California stores to solar power.

The first solar store will be in Visalia, with the Laguna Niguel store following close behind. The Visalia store should have its solar system up and running by August, with 2,300 panels generating around 40 percent of the store's power needs.

Company spokeswoman Kelli Ramey explained to the Visalia Times-Delta that California's solar incentive programs made it easier for the company to begin this solar initiative there. The incentives of up to $2.50 per watt, along with federal tax incentives, can cover up to 50 percent of the total cost of the solar power system.

By the end of 2008, Kohl's plans for 64 stores to have solar installations, which saves as much carbon dioxide pollution (a main contributor to global warming) as taking 2,500 cars off the road, according to Ramey.

Kohl's is also looking at solar projects in other states, including its corporate headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

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