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Target’s New 2030 Goal Centers on 100% Electricity From Renewable Sources

Target Corp. has been working on sustainability goals and reducing its environmental impact, and its latest step includes a commitment to have 100 percent of its electricity needs powered by renewable sources by 2030.

The discounter said in a company blog that its goal applies to all domestic operations, and would help it power its stores, distribution centers and offices “even more responsibly.” The move builds on a renewable energy initiative Target started in 2017. The company currently has a wind power partnership in Lubbock, Tex, and a 2017 agreement for 420,000 megawatt hours of wind energy from the Solomon Forks Wind Project near Colby, Kansas is expected “come online in the summer of 2019.”

On its way to the 2030 goal, Target said by 2025 it expects to be able to source 60 percent of its electricity through renewable sources. Currently, that number hovers around 22 percent.

“At Target, we’ve been on on a multi-year journey to operate our facilities more sustainably, and setting this ambitious goal is an important milestone,” John Leisen, Target’s vice president for property management, said.

Target has invested in projects around the country that produce electricity through sun and wind, both renewable resources. It has also entered into two renewable power purchase agreements, which will help with the construction of the Lone Tree Wind Project in Illinois with Leeward Renewable Energy and Sand Fork Solar in Texas with ENGIE. Target said it expects the projects will generate close to 556,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity, or roughly the equivalent of what 280 U.S. Target stores use annually.

Rooftop solar panels will also be in place at 500 Target stores by 2020. That’s on top of the retailer adding electric vehicle charging stations at over 100 sites across more than 20 states. What’s more, Target said adding LED lights at nearly all of its 1,800-plus stores has reduced energy usage by 10 percent on an annual basis.

Target’s latest renewable energy goal follows the climate change mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for its entire supply chain back in March.