Walgreen’s approached GI Energy with the desire to grow their investment in sustainable energy solutions and inquired into creating their first retail net zero store.
Walgreen’s Green Initiative began to take precedence in their corporate sustainability strategy. Walgreen’s was looking to decrease its reliability on the electrical grid while lowering long term maintenance costs.
GI Energy reviewed their energy consumption at a standard store and put together a plan to create a net zero design using multiple distributed energy resources. By the end of the process, Walgreen’s and GI Energy developed a plan integrating geothermal, Solar PV and Wind to provide a solution that generates more energy than it consumes.
With an abbreviated time table, GI Energy coordinated all HVAC trades for an optimized construction timeline, including LED lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration and controls. The project is on track to being certified Net Zero and LEED Platinum. GI Energy continues to monitor and evaluate performance through our remote monitoring system as well as continue to collaborate with Walgreen’s on other projects.