Walgreens to expand solar energy initiative in Colorado

Company marks completion of first solar power system in Aurora, Colo.

AURORA, Colo. — A Colorado-based firm will install solar power systems at 22 Walgreens stores in 14 cities in the state over the next few months, under a partnership between the two companies.

Walgreens announced Monday an expansion of its relationship with SolarCity, saying the new power systems would reduce more than 47.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next two decades.

"A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company's core values," Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters said. "SolarCity is helping us contribute to the health of the local communities we operate in by providing us with clean energy as well as contributing to the local economy in Colorado."

Walgreens and SolarCity recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the first in a series of solar installations at a store in Aurora, which Aurora mayor Steve Hogan and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman attended.

"Colorado has been at the forefront of energy conservation," Coffman said. "And I'm happy to see that SolarCity and Walgreens have teamed up to help meet our state's renewable energy goals."


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