Home Depot Sources Energy from Texas Wind Farm

The Home Depot announced the completion of its first major investment in a wind-powered energy project on January 31.

The home improvement retailer, based in Atlanta, partnered with wind farm operator EDP Renewables North American to purchase one-fifth of the 250-MW capacity of the Los Mirasoles Wind Farm in McAllen, Texas, through a 20-year PPA.

The energy purchased from the farm – which is powered by Vestas’ V110 2.0 M.W. wind turbines – will meet the energy needs of 100 of Home Depot’s stores annually, while also providing $150,000 in local community benefits, the retailer said.

As a part of its renewable energy initiative, The Home Depot’s goal is to procure 135 megawatts of various renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, by the end of 2020. The company operates 2,278 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Mexico, and 10 Canadian provinces.

In addition to the wind farm, Home Depot also buys energy from solar farms in Delaware and Massachusetts – with a combined annual output of 14.5 million kWh. What’s more, over 150 Home Depot stores and distribution centers use on-site fuel cells, which generate roughly 85 percent of the electricity each store needs to operate.0303

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