by Brent Sauser
Evanston, Illinois is not only known for the home of Northwestern University and not so well known for the place of my birth. . . but will now hold the prestigious honor of having the first Net Zero retail store constructed in the United States. Way to go Evanston! Way to go Walgreens!
On March 7, 2013 Walgreens announced plans to build the first Net Zero energy retail store in the United States. This building is designed to produce energy equal or greater than it consumes. This will be accomplished by using 800 solar panels, 2 wind turbines, geothermal technology, energy efficient building materials, LED/daylighting and ultra high efficiency refrigeration. This Walgreens store will serve as a prototype for future Walgreens stores, and will be monitored and studied to determine the correct balance of Net Zero systems to assure a Net Zero solution. Current estimates for this facility is a usage of 200,000 kilowatt hours per year while generating 256,000 kilowatt hours per year. Walgreens will pursue a LEED Platinum certification.
For more information regarding the new Net Zero Walgreens in Evanston, Illinois please CLICK HERE.