Commercial, Solar - October 5, 2023
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to be Powered by NY Solar
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar locations in New York will be powered by community solar.
Dollar Tree teamed up with DSD Renewables, a clean energy solutions company, for seven projects that will help the company meet operational energy demands while supporting solar programs for various local communities and small businesses.
Dollar Tree will offtake a majority of the energy generated through a seven-project, 41.75 megawatts (MW) community solar portfolio to be built by DSD in East Syracuse, Cortland, Remsen, Medina, Silver Creek and Brier Hill.
The portfolio is estimated to generate 55.77 GWh of clean energy annually. Dollar Tree will offtake 16.67 MW of the larger portfolio, offsetting 29% of energy needs across 184 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores in New York. Two of the projects are already under asset operation, and the remaining five under construction are expected to be operational in stages starting in fall 2023.
NRG Energy assisted in issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to find the right partner.
Earlier in 2023, retailer Dollar Tree announced its commitment to set a science-based net zero target by June 30, 2024.
“Community solar is a unique and emerging energy solution for many of our facilities. Serving as an anchor subscriber will power our facilities with renewable energy and help us toward our future Net Zero commitment,” said Jennifer Silberman, Chief Sustainability Officer at Dollar Tree, Inc., in a statement. “Simultaneously, it allows us to deliver real benefits to the communities we serve, increasing access to clean, affordable energy for residents and local businesses.”