Seeking to lead the retail industry in the use of green technology, Walgreens has committed to building the nation’s first net zero energy retail store. Located in Evanston, Illinois, this groundbreaking store is predicted to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes by utilizing the renewable energy technologies of solar, wind, and geothermal, as well as incorporating energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration. Walgreen engineers based at the company’s headquarters in Deerfield Illinois, will measure how effective the store is at generating the 200,000 kilowatt hours per year needed to run its operations.
Can the city that never sleeps power its transportation, industrial, and heating and cooling sectors by energy derived entirely from wind, water and sunlight? Yes, according to Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson. In a comprehensive energy plan submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Jacobson and a team of specialists outlined how New York State’s all-purpose energy can be derived from wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) by the year 2050.
Perhaps you’ve heard about Solar Impulse, the solar-powered aircraft able to fly both day and night without the help of fuel. Striking out on an unprecedented flight across the United States, the single-seater plane hopes to further its “Clean Generation” initiative to further the development and acceptance of renewable energy as a viable source of power.
Why we must make the change
Although interest in renewable energy began as far back as the 1960’s, it was The Energy Crisis in 1973 that catalyzed the renewable energy movement by changing American’s attitude toward energy sources.