Kohl's targets 150 on-site solar installations by yearend

During 2012, the retailer plans to increase the amount of solar energy it uses by 25 percent.

Retailer Kohl's Department Stores plans to add another 30 solar technology installations during 2012, expanding its renewable energy program into New York, Massachusetts and Ohio.

On average, the panels will generate between 20 percent and 50 percent of the energy needed by the store they serve.

By the end of 2012, Kohl's expects to generate approximately 74.2 million kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually, or roughly the amount of energy attributed to running 6,380 homes for a year. Overall, the company's solar portfolio extends across 13 states.

The infographic details Kohl's broader commitment to green buildings. The company runs 1,100 stores across the United States. The company is pushing to have 800 of these locations certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) and Energy Star programs by 2015. Currently, it runs more than 700 Energy Star-labeled locations.

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