Target Announces New Renewable Energy Commitment

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Target has announced a commitment to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

The goal applies to all of Target’s domestic operations. Today, an estimated 22% of the electricity the company uses to power its business comes from renewable sources.

The retailer has announced two new power purchase agreements (PPAs): one for the Lone Tree Wind Project in Illinois with Leeward Renewable Energy LLC and one for the Sand Fork Solar project in Texas with ENGIE. Together, the projects are estimated to generate the equivalent of 280 U.S. Target stores’ annual power.

Target is also on its way to having rooftop solar panels at 500 locations by 2020, the company notes.

“At Target, we’ve been on a multiyear journey to operate our facilities more sustainably, and setting this ambitious goal is an important milestone,” says John Leisen, vice president of property management at Target. “We’re proud of the work we’ve already done with renewable energy in our stores, and we’ll continue to explore more opportunities and partnerships to realize this goal.”

Leeward says the new PPA enables the construction of the 79.4 MW Lone Tree Wind Project. Leeward expects to commence construction of the project this fall and complete it in December 2020.

“We are pleased that Target has selected Leeward as a renewable energy partner,” says Greg Wolf, CEO of Leeward Renewable Energy. “We welcome the opportunity to work with a forward-looking company that is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and creating sustainable operations.”

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