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MOM’s Organic Market has activated rooftop solar panels on its Waldorf store, the company recently announced.
The store, MOM’s first in Charles County, opened in November. It features energy-efficient design, including closed-door coolers, LED lighting and electric-car charging stations. The photovoltaic system, which was installed by SolarCity, is expected to offset the store’s energy needs by at least 15 percent, a company news release states.
“The Waldorf solar array is the first of many,” Scott Nash, MOM’s founder and CEO, said in a news release. “We plan to install solar panels on every store that we can in the future.”
Charis Egland-Smith, the company’s environmental coordinator said, “We are in the process of exploring and expanding our renewable energy portfolio at all locations,” according to the release.
Projects on the horizon include more solar panels, wind turbines and additional fast-charging stations for electric cars.
A longtime supporter of renewable energy, MOM’s has been fully wind-powered since 2005. In 2012, MOM’s purchased enough direct wind power and wind power renewable energy certificates to offset 424 percent of its companywide energy use, the release states.
The retailer also matches employees’ REC purchases, and partners with Clean Currents to provide gift cards to customers who sign up for residential wind power. Last September, the EPA recognized MOM’s with an award for Leadership in Green Power Purchasing.