Solar Roofs Give Stores Moment in Sun

Increasingly, US chains turning to solar power as a way to reduce costs
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2008 10:19 AM CDT
Solar panel installation at Google's Mountain View, Calif. headquarters.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Some of the largest US retail chains have begun to embrace solar power as a way to reduce energy costs and to wrangle some cred among green-conscious shoppers, reports the New York Times. Kohl’s, Macy’s, Safeway, and Whole Foods are among chains rushing to install test panels on their vast roofs before a federal tax credit expires at the end of the year.

But experts are eagerly awaiting Wal-Mart's reaction to the small test it’s running, as success could mean roughly 23 acres of solar panels on stores nationwide. “It’s going to be the Wal-Marts of the world that will buy these things over acres and make a difference,” says one.