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Home Depot Turning 50 Store Rooftops into Solar Farms


By Ryan Berlin Power & Communication

Home-improvement retailer, Home Depot will install solar panels on the rooftops of 50 stores in an effort to become more energy efficient .

Partnering with General Electric and Tesla, Home Depot’s solar panels will cut each store’s use of the electric grid by 30 percent to 35 percent annually- the equivalent of powering 2,300 U.S. homes.

The average Home Depot store roof is 104,000 square feet and can accommodate 1,000 solar panels. Construction of the mini solar farms will continue throughout 2017.

Home Depot is working with GE subsidiary Current, a power management company, on 20 solar installations in New Jersey and eight in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The other 22 locations are located in California and New York, and eight of those stores will use Tesla Powerpacks to store energy.

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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, ryan.berlin@tradepressmedia.com. Read more about the revolution of energy storage and Tesla PowerPack lithium-ion batteries, being used to help supply peak demand.

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