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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A bit more sunshine might soon be shining down on up to 100 Whole Foods Markets across the country.
The Austin-based grocery store giant announced that it has partnered with two solar companies to install rooftop solar units at dozens of the company’s U.S. stores. Company officials say if the goal is met, the accomplishment would mean that they would be among the top 25 businesses with the largest commercial rooftop solar installations in the country.
“This program showcases an exciting step in Whole Foods Market’s efforts to increase support for renewable energy as well as lower energy costs,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader in sustainability for Whole Foods Market. “We strive to live our core values of environmental stewardship, as well as serving and supporting our local and global communities.”
Officials say the move will help supply cleaner power to the electric power grid and increase the Whole Foods “solar energy portfolio” by up to 400-percent. The rooftop panels can generate between five and 25-percent of a store’s overall energy use.
Texas has nearly as many solar resources as the state of California but only a fraction as many solar panels. The Lone Star State ranks 10th in installed solar capacity, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy Industries Association.
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