More than 340 Illinois Starbucks-operated stores are now powered with 100 percent renewable energy from wind power generated in the state. This will include the Starbucks Chicago Roastery when it opens later this year.
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This achievement is the result of a long-term offsite renewables agreement made in 2018 between Starbucks and retail energy supplier Constellation where Starbucks will receive electricity and renewable energy certificates from Enel Green Power’s HillTopper wind farm in Logan County, Illinois. HillTopper wind farm spans approximately 7,500 acres and houses 74 GE wind turbines with a total capacity of 185 MW.
The wind farm will provide around 48,000 MWh of power, which is enough to brew nearly 100 million cups of coffee, or more than seven cups of coffee for every Illinois resident. The new stores will also deliver an annual environmental benefit equivalent to removing an estimated 8,000 passenger vehicles from the road.
In the last year, Starbucks also announced two solar farms in Texas providing enough energy to support the equivalent of 360 Starbucks stores in the Lone Star State, in addition to a 140,000-acre solar farm in North Carolina which delivers enough clean energy to power the equivalent of the energy consumed by 600 Starbucks stores in state and neighboring Virginia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.