US drug store chain, Walgreens have set an ambitious goal of becoming the countries first zero energy retail store. With the fusion of various technologies the store will generate and reduce its energy consumption. The company proposes that they will be able to reduce energy usage by more than 40%.
The building will house eight hundred rooftop solar panels, two wind turbines, use geothermal technology, be constructed from energy-efficient building materials, use LED lighting and ultra high-efficiency refrigeration. The company predicts that (though can vary due to external factors) the building will use 200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and will generate 256,000 kilowatt-hours a year, thus generating more that it will use.
“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail industry in use of green technology,” said Thomas Connolly, Walgreens vice president of facilities development. “We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores. Because we operate 8,000 stores, we believe our pursuit of green technology can have a significant positive impact on the nation’s environment.”
Walgreens will strive to achieve LEED Platinum status, the most stringent green designation by US Green Building Council. Furthermore through the Department of Energy Better Building Challenge, the company is committed to a chain wide twenty percent energy reduction by 2020. The zero energy store will be located in Evanston, Illinois.