SolarCity to install solar panels for Whole Foods Market

SolarCity and the organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market (WFM) have announced a plan to install solar power systems at WFM stores across the US. The move will allow WFM to offset the need for traditional grid power and also save money.

In total, WFM plans to retrofit up to 100 stores with rooftop solar power systems in locations such as Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, writes SolarCity.

SolarCity will custom design each solar power system to maximise the amount of grid power offset. Installation is expected to begin this spring.

WFM expects it will save money with the new solar installations by purchasing power from SolarCity at a discount to current electricity costs, locking in low solar energy rates for years into the future. Once completed, these solar power systems are expected to place Whole Foods Market within the top 25 corporate solar users in the nation.

According to a WFM news release, the expanded solar portfolio could increase Whole Foods Market’s solar energy portfolio by up to 400 per cent and will help supply cleaner power to the grid.

SolarCity is one of the leading commercial and residential solar installers in the US. Whole Foods Market was founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, and now has 434 stores in the US, Canada and the UK.

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