Cole Johnson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Target’s corporate offices are one step closer in their pursuit of a nationwide climate change. The solution? By ripping apart the roofs of their stores in favor of solar energy.
The Town of Camillus is the next in line to install solar panels in their Target location as a way to renew energy. Target’s goal is to install solar panels in 500 of its stores nationwide by next year in efforts to better the environment.
The solar panels act as a source of energy or “free sun,” according Tom Price, the Camillus Code Enforcement Officer.
“It’s a wonderful supplementary energy source,” said Price. “They use it to offset the energy consumption of the building.”
This source of energy ultimately reduces the amount of gas emissions that are being used to power Target facilities and generate its products and services. Without it, it creates a carbon footprint that the corporate offices at Target are trying to leave behind.
The plan has been in place for several years and is looking ahead to continuous improvements through 2030. Target feels it has a “responsibility” to the environment and the public to create a better environment, according Brian Cornell, the CEO and Chairman.
By reaching the Camillus branch, it will only add to that long term climate goal put in place. As for the public, the reaction is unknown.
“It’ll be interesting to see the public’s response when this roof is covered with solar rays,” said Price. “Could be negative. It could be positive. It could be none for all I know.”
Camillus will join Fayetteville as the only other Target store in the Syracuse area to pursue the project.
For more information on Target’s climate goal, you can go to their corporate responsibility website.