Environmental group challenges stores like Target to add solar panels

Feb 17, 2016, 6:00 AM | Updated: 10:50 am
FILE — In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, shoppers arrive at a Target store in Los Angeles on ...
FILE -- In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, shoppers arrive at a Target store in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The group Environment Arizona said that Arizona’s solar energy capacity has grown more than 84 percent since 2012.

Now, the group is saying that if “Big Box” stores placed solar panels on their rooftops, it could produce a lot of power.

“There is 4 billion square feet of roof space that could be put to good use generating clean energy around the country,” said Jenifer Wong, a campaign organizer for Environment Arizona.

In fact, Wong said that harnessing that energy could save businesses $8.2 billion a year on their electric bills.

Environment Arizona is trying to get businesses to put the panels on their roofs. Wong said that a few are already doing it.

“Wal-Mart currently leads with having the most solar panels installed on their rooftops,” said Wong.

Target is also doing it, but Environment Arizona is challenging that company to do more.

“Last year, Target pledged to put solar on 500 of its near 2,000 stores by 2020, and today we’re calling on them to commit to going all of the way,” Wong said.

The group made the request on Tuesday outside of the Target store at 44th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix. Wong said that so far, Target has not responded to the request.

KTAR’s Lauren Grifo contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Chandler Police Department Photo)...

Chandler police ask for community help identifying public indecency, stalking suspect

Chandler police is asking for community assistance in identifying a suspect of public sexual indecency and felony stalking, authorities said.
23 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizona woman accused of fatally shooting husband, young son

A northern Arizona woman is facing federal charges in the shooting deaths of her husband and young son last week, according to authorities.
23 hours ago
Mark Brnovich, a Republican, smiles as he talks with people on the floor of the Arizona House of Re...
Associated Press

Arizona announces $85M settlement with Google over user data

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich said his office reached an $85 million settlement with Google to resolve a lawsuit that accused the tech company of “surreptitiously” obtaining user data to sell advertisements.
23 hours ago
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...
Alex Weiner

139 rabbits rescued in Glendale, in need of foster homes

The Arizona Humane Society is in need of foster homes for 139 rescued rabbits that were hoarded in Glendale.
23 hours ago
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images, File)...
Associated Press

Jan. 6 committee attorney says Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward pleaded Fifth

Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House Jan. 6 committee deposition, according to an attorney for the panel.
23 hours ago
Canyon State Academy (Google Street View)...

1 dead, 2 hospitalized after possible drug overdose at Queen Creek school

One student died and two others were hospitalized after a possible drug overdose Monday night at a residential school for at-risk boys in Queen Creek, authorities said.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
Environmental group challenges stores like Target to add solar panels