Home Depot pairs with GE unit to expand rooftop solar program

The Home Depot has selected GE unit Current to expand its rooftop solar energy program.

Current partnered with Home Depot on site selection, project implementation plans, financing and incentive capture for 20 solar power installations in New Jersey, as well as 10 additional stores in Connecticut, Maryland and Washington, DC.

The 11.9 MW portfolio will deploy nearly 30,000 rooftop solar panels and reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 percent annually at each Home Depot store.

“Our alternative energy projects are important elements of our sustainability and operations efforts as they reduce carbon emissions while also lowering our energy costs,” said David Hawkins, vice president of labor and operations for The Home Depot.

The solar power installations are part of Home Depot’s renewable energy initiative which also includes wind farms, solar farms and fuel cells that will bring the company’s renewable energy footprint to more than 130 MW.

“Home Depot is a great partner to demonstrate the value of onsite solar energy as a practical, affordable and important business strategy, and drive further market adoption,” said Erik Schiemann, General Manager of Solar at Current. “We are now beginning to leverage digital technology to collect data that will help our customers become even more efficient.”

The Current team will add metering technology as part of the solar installations at select Home Depot stores in each region. Digital tests will gather data about local grid interaction and onsite plant production, as well as detailed weather tracking sensor data. These insights will help Home Depot optimize energy usage long term at similar locations.

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