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Meijer advances sustainability efforts with agreement to purchase solar power

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Meijer, to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by half by 2025will begin purchasing clean energy from an 1,800-acre solar power plant when the project completes construction at the end of the year.

The retailer announced its sustainability efforts in a recent Press release, indicating that a renewable power purchase agreement has been signed as the first of multiple strategic partnerships that Meijer will form to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions. He said the goal is rooted in the company’s mission to be a good neighbor by serving its communities, as well as protecting the planet for tomorrow.

Meijer signed the renewable energy purchase agreement with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. The agreement stipulates that Meijer will purchase a portion of all power generated by the solar plant, called the Pisgah Ridge Solar Project, during the first 15 years of operation to serve its 258 supercenters and grocery stores throughout the Midwest, according to the release.

The project began in Navarro County, Texas on 1,800 acres of land and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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“Meijer has made significant strides over the years to embed sustainability into our day-to-day operations,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said in the release. “We are committed to these ongoing efforts and a project like this brings us closer to our industry-leading sustainability goals.”

Once operational, the Pisgah Ridge Solar project will generate approximately 200,000 megawatt-hours of energy for Meijer’s first dedicated year, enabling the retailer to reduce more than 103,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from its operations, according to the statement.

Meijer said the reduction is equal to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from more than 20,000 vehicles taken off the road, or the carbon sequestered from 125,000 acres of forest in the United States.


“Renewable energy assets like the Pisgah Ridge Solar Project contribute to a cleaner, stronger economy and help create a more diverse energy infrastructure,” Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, said in the release. “We are delighted to work with Meijer.”

Meijer’s major involvement in the solar project comes nearly two months after the company pledged to cut its absolute carbon emissions by 50% over the next three years.

Schneider Electric, the world’s leading adviser on renewable energy supply to companies, supported Meijer in the selection of the solar project.

“As one of the largest supermarket chains in the Midwest, Meijer is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 2025, and it’s an honor for Schneider Electric to advise them on adding renewables to their portfolio,” said Steve Wilhite, president of sustainability at Schneider Electric. company, said in the statement. “The need for organizations to take immediate action to decarbonize is at an all-time high, and we’re excited to see organizations like Meijer leading the charge.”