Walgreens sets its sights on sustainability

Celebrates 100th solar power installation

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Officially celebrating its 100th solar power system installation in Mason, Ohio, on Friday, Walgreens said that it is on track to tout more solar installations than any other U.S. retailer.

Walgreens president of community management and operations Mark Wagner said the installation was an "important milestone" for the company "[as it continues] to explore ways to expand our use of environmentally-friendly technology to reduce our energy consumption."

"Our use of solar power across Ohio is a great example of how businesses, state officials and developers of green technologies can work together to help make a difference in our communities and for the planet," Wagner said.

As reported earlier this week by Drug Store News, the drug store chain selected SoCore Energy to provide 90 solar installations for the Ohio-based stores. In addition to stores in the state, Walgreens has expanded its plans to include stores and distribution centers in Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Oregon — since its first solar installation in 2007 — for a total of more than 130 installations nationwide by the end of the year.

"Solar energy solutions cut costs and promote emerging clean energy jobs and markets in communities across America," said White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley, who was on hand at the event Friday. "It is leadership from private sector companies like Walgreens and the commitment of this Administration to building a cleaner, greener economy that will help to ensure America is second to none."

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