First, Wawa installed chargers at many of its stores for Tesla drivers. Now, it’s getting into the solar energy business, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Wawa, working with SolareAmerica, is bringing solar power to 93 of its New Jersey stores.
“The expansion of solar power to a total of 93 stores will make Wawa the second-largest retailer for kilowatts installed in New Jersey,” said Brian Schaller, chief real estate and fuel officer for Wawa. “We will have the most solar locations of any fuel retailer of any corporation in New Jersey.”
Wawa’s taking advantage of New Jersey’s commitment to solar energy and the federal tax credits of 30 percent for solar installations that will start to expire at the end of this year.
SolareAmerica will own 85 of the installations and Wawa has agreed to purchase the energy supplied by the panels for 20 years, said John Scorsone, president of SolareAmerica.
Wawa will get credit for any excess energy that gets fed back into the regional grid.
Wawa also plans to own eight canopy installations.
The company said it will also consider installations at its headquarters and beverage facility, both in Pennsylvania.
Read more about Wawa’s solar panels here.