PEMBERTON, N.J.—Wawa will install solar power for 90 Wawa stores in New Jersey beginning this year. Teaming up with SolareAmerica, a woman-owned renewable energy provider, Wawa is set to become the second-largest retailer in number of solar-powered kilowatts installed in the state.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says that once completed by the end of 2020, the c-store retailer’s 93 stores (three stores are live already) will be the most solar locations of any convenience and fuel retailer and the most solar locations of any corporation in New Jersey.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with our partners at SolareAmerica to bring solar energy to more than 90 stores in New Jersey and reduce our carbon footprint for many years to come,” said Matt Kesling, from Wawa’s environmental team. “We look forward to building on this by looking for opportunities to expand our solar capacity to more stores in our operating area well into the future.”
The Inquirer reports that “SolareAmerica will own 85 of the installations, and Wawa has agreed to purchase the energy supplied by the panels for 20 years,” said John Scorsone, president of SolareAmerica. Wawa will then receive credit for any excess energy that ends up going back into the regional grid.
The news comes after an announcement less than a month ago about Wawa doubling the number of Tesla charging stations at its stores. The Philadelphia Inquirer adds that the effort has another added benefit: New Jersey has federal tax credits of 30% for solar installations that start expiring at the end of this year.