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A grocery store that collects its own water and grows its own food!

A grocery store that collects its own water and grows its own food!

A multitude of elements led the project to achieve LEED Platinum, each largely stemming from, as Muhlbauer says, “sun, wind, and water.” A 20,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse on the roof provides an abundance of fresh produce to the store below throughout the year while also keeping the roof cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Additionally, solar parking canopies produce 320 kilowatts of electricity while “sky pumps” use wind generation and photovoltaics to provide power for electric car charging stations and parking lot lighting. Muhlbauer notes that this combination results in 2.5 million kilowatt hours saved per year, making the store 60% more efficient than any other grocery store in the country. He also notes that perhaps one of the most significant achievements is the fact that the Whole Foods is the first grocery store in the country to completely elimin...

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