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Kohl`s Opens 59th California Solar Location at New Point West Store in Sacramento
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As Kohl`s opens 37 new stores nationwide, retailer`s leading solar program continues to shine MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(Business Wire)-- Today, Kohl`s Department Stores(NYSE: KSS) will open 30 new stores throughout the state of California, including its 59th solar location in the state at Point West in Sacramento. The Sacramento store is Kohl`s 79th solar location nationwide. Including the new Sacramento solar location, nearly half of Kohl`s California stores will be solar. Other recent California solar locations activated by Kohl`s in the last month include Mira Loma, Rancho San Diego and San Jose South. "Energy efficiency and green power are key business and environmental strategies for Kohl`s, and we continue to work to make them an integral part of building and expansion efforts," said Ken Bonning, Kohl`s executive vice president of store planning and logistics. "Our solar program is a hallmark of our green power efforts, and we`re continuing to expand it because it demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and improving the environment directly in the communities we serve." All 30 Kohl`s stores opening in California today, including the Point West location in Sacramento, were among the 36 former Mervyns locations acquired by Kohl`s since December 2008. These California locations, like all Kohl`s stores, have high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, occupancy sensor lighting for stockrooms, break rooms and offices and a recycling program for cardboard boxes, hangers and packaging. The Point West store`s 990-panel, 206 kilowatt solar array will generate approximately 50 percent of the store`s energy and is expected to offset almost 5.7 million pounds of CO2 during its lifespan, the equivalent of taking approximately 28 cars off the road each year for 20 years. Since Kohl`s activated its first solar location in Laguna Niguel, Calif. in September 2007, Kohl`s has established a strong solar presence in the state, generating approximately 50 million kWh of clean, renewable energy - enough to power 5,700 houses for a year. To date, Kohl`s has been able to install rooftop solar systems on 90 percent of locations targeted - exceptional by solar industry standards - and account for nearly one percent of the 2017 goal of 3,000 megawatts set by the California Solar Initiative. Kohl`s near-term goal is to have 100 solar locations in six states - California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and Oregon. Currently, California is home to 75 percent of Kohl`s solar stores, including its largest solar array at the San Bernardino distribution center. While solar is one major component of Kohl`s environmental strategy, there are many other ways Kohl`s works to make its California stores - and stores nationwide - even greener: * Kohl`s was just ranked greenest retailer in America and 18th greenest company overall on Newsweek`s Green Rankings and was recently named one of the Environmental Protection Agency`s (EPA) Green Power Partners of the Year. * To date, more than 300 Kohl`s stores (65 in California) have earned EPA`s ENERGY STAR label for energy efficiency. * Since fall 2008, 64 Kohl`s stores - two in California - have been built to a store prototype that has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initial certification at the Silver level by the United States Green Building Council. To date, 46 Kohl`s locations have earned LEED certification, including the company`s Milwaukee photo studio, which in May 2009 became the world`s first photo studio to earn LEED initial certification at the gold level. * As a member of EPA`s SmartWay Transport Partnership and the recipient of a 2008 SmartWay Shipper Excellence Award, Kohl`s is committed to lessening its global impact when shipping merchandise to stores. Efforts include minimizing the amount of internal packaging on all products, eliminating empty miles through backhaul trips, reducing the overall cartons needed for shipping and using rail transportation for nearly 40 percent of our inbound transportation. * As of October 2008, 100 percent of trucks transporting Kohl`s goods from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are "clean trucks" fueled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). For more information about Kohl`s green initiatives, visit www.kohlsgreenscene.com. About Kohl`s Department Stores Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl`s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl`s operates 1,059 stores in 49 states. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl`s has raised more than $126 million for children`s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl`s Cares for Kids philanthropic program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com. Kohl`s Department Stores Vicki Shamion, 262-703-1464 or Vicki.Shamion@Kohls.com Kristen Cunningham, 262-703-7863 or Kristen.Cunningham@Kohls.com Copyright Business Wire 2009