It may not be a cool enough chain to win a Project of the Year award, but Target has long been a champion of solar energy. Back in 2015, Target made the promise to add rooftop solar panels to 500 locations by 2020. At the time it sounded ambitious. Cut to today and it’s officially ahead of schedule: the retail giant announced the completion of its 500th rooftop solar installation.
The company notes its already a quarter of the way toward its goal of having 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 – a commitment made just last summer.
“At Target, we’re committed to making our operations even more sustainable to create a better future for our guests, team members and the planet,” says John Leisen, VP of Property Management, Target. “Ambitious energy goals have helped us accelerate our progress and reach major milestones. And we’ll continue to invest in technologies, partners and resources to help us achieve even more.”
In total, this is more than 240 megawatts of solar across Target buildings, equivalent to powering nearly 46,000 homes in the U.S.
“For years, Target has led the way on corporate solar adoption, helping to create a cultural shift in how top companies power their operations,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “Companies such as Target have the power to make lasting change and we’re thrilled to see Target double down on their commitment to solar energy.”
— Solar Builder magazine