17 Aug '11, 2pm

Kroger Installs First Rooftop Solar Systems

Kroger (NYSE: KR), the nation's largest grocery chain, installed its first rooftop solar systems on two of its Smith's Food & Drug stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Smith's was selected because of New Mexico's favorable sunny climate and the economic incentives offered by energy provider PNM for installing solar. The solar systems will generate 320,000 kilowatt-hours a year, enough to heat and cool about 30 homes in New Mexico for one year. Kroger is also planning to put solar on stores in Oregon and Ohio. The company has reduced energy demand 30% since 2000, equal to the electricity needed to power every single-family home in Fort Worth, Texas for a year. As part of this effort, Kroger's 25 Smith's stories in New Mexico retrofitted walk-in coolers, dairy coolers, meat counters and grocery freezers with LED lighting systems that use 75% less energy than fluorescent bulbs,...

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