GE, Tesla to install rooftop solar systems on 50 Home Depot stores

Home Depot is converting 50 rooftops into solar farms. The U.S. DIY chain is teaming up with a GE subsidiary and Tesla to expand its renewable energy portfolio.

Home Depot is creating mini solar farms out of unused rooftops.

The company announced last week that it will install an average of 1,000 panels on 50 store rooftops. The project will reduce the electricity demand by some 30 to 35 per cent annually at each Home Depot store, the equivalent of powering 2,300 U.S. homes for a year.

The U.S. DIY giant is working with the GE subsidiary Current, powered by GE, on 20 solar installations at stores in New Jersey, as well as eight stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C. An additional 22 stores in California and New York will also boast solar rooftop installations, six of which will use Tesla Powerpacks to store and dispatch energy as needed.

“Our alternative energy projects are important elements of our sustainability and operations efforts as they reduce carbon emissions while also lowering our energy costs,” said David Hawkins, vice president at The Home Depot.

The company has a diverse renewable energy portfolio across the U.S., including solar power purchase agreements in Delaware and Massachusetts, fuel cells at more than 170 stores and distribution centres, and wind farm projects in Texas and Central Mexico.

The new solar rooftops will bring Home Depot’s alternative energy footprint to more than 130 MW, putting the company well on its way of achieving its goal of utilizing 135 MW of alternative and renewable energy by 2020.

 

Image credit: The Home Depot

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