US retail group Kohl's Department Stores has revealed plans to convert more than 50 of its existing New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland locations to solar power.
Representing nearly 80% of its locations in these three states, currently Kohl's operates 34 stores in New Jersey, 17 in Connecticut and 16 in Maryland.
Following the so-called East Coast solar installation, Kohl's will become the largest retail host of solar power. Kohl's has already converted more than 25 of its 88 California locations to solar power with plans to activate approximately 50 additional sites in the state.
Solar installations are also under way at three Wisconsin locations, and Kohl's hopes to add other states to its growing solar offering before year-end.
Initial construction for the East Coast solar conversions began in January. On average, solar panels provide 30% of a store's annual demand.
Ken Bonning, executive vice president of logistics for Kohl's commented: 'We launched our California solar initiative one year ago and are excited to add East Coast locations to the programme, making Kohl's distributed solar power program the largest in the world among retailers."