Sometimes the answers to big problems are staring you right in the face. A powerful new report from the good folks at Environment North Carolina provides a classic example. This news release explains:
Report: Big-box stores could save big, reduce pollution by going solar
Raleigh, NC- Big-box stores, grocery chains, and shopping centers in North Carolina could cut pollution and save $246 million dollars with rooftop solar, a new report said today.
The Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center analysis, Solar on Superstores, found that Target, Home Depot, and other large retailers could avert 2.2 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually if they used all their available roof space for solar panels.
“Our report shows that rooftop solar on big box stores like Target is good for the environment, good for electricity consumers, and good for business,” said Dave Rogers, Environment North Carolina Director.
The report came as North Carolina continues to see the benefits of solar, including ranking 9th for solar jobs nationally last year.
“Solar offers any business owner the ability to lower their energy bills and hedge against unpredictable rising energy prices. The falling cost of the technology and renewable energy incentives have increased the attractiveness of these investments dramatically,” added Henry Dziuba, Senior VP Commercial and Industrial at Strata Solar. “In addition, the energy savings help to increase the businesses’ profitability as well as add value to our customer’s building at the same time, the system helps to reduce the impact of CO2 emissions both locally and globally.” Read more