20 Apr '17, 1pm

Solar Farm Powers New Starbucks Renewable Energy Strategy

Every Friday, members of Starbucks Treasury and Facilities teams set aside time to watch video footage taken by a drone flying over a shimmering 260-acre construction site on what was formerly a degraded landscape in Robeson County, N.C. Week after week since last fall, they’ve been monitoring the progress of NC-47, a sprawling solar farm Starbucks has invested in as part of a new phase in the company’s commitment to renewable energy. “When the camera pans out, you get a sense of the scale,” said Patrick Leonard, who sources renewable energy for Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada. “It’s a big deal.” NC-47 will be fully operational by mid-May, its 149,000 solar panels delivering the clean energy equivalent to the electricity powering 600 Starbucks stores in North Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Starbucks has invested...

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