Walgreens Debuts Net-Zero Energy Retail Store
November 22, 2013
Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. has opened what is believed to be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store in Evanston, Ill. With two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 ft. into the ground, the store is anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Located at 635 Chicago Ave., the store is the latest of many green initiatives from the company. Walgreens currently operates two stores that have achieved a LEED certification level of gold; 150 stores utilizing 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. Currently, the company operates 8,131 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.