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Walgreens to brighten Ohio stores with solar installations

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CHICAGO — Walgreens is looking to roll out solar installations at its Ohio-area stores, thanks to a new partnership with a Chicago-based solar developer.

The retailer said that it selected SoCore Energy to provide 90 solar installations for the Ohio-based stores. The partnership began earlier this month with the construction of 20 solar installations at Walgreens stores in Cincinnati. Walgreens and SoCore Energy said that the first 53 solar installations is slated to be completed by Nov. 11.

SoCore said it expects to use Power-One as its exclusive provider of inverters for the projects, while U.S. solar manufacturer SolarWorld will supply high-performance solar panels for the effort.

“Walgreens’ impressive sustainability efforts include this substantial commitment to solar power and on-site renewable energy,” SoCore Energy president Pete Kadens said. “These projects are certainly indicative of Walgreens intent to be one of the most environmentally considerate retailers in the world.”

Walgreens will lease the arrays from SoCore for 10 years.

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