CVS Health To Power 147 Michigan Locations With Solar Energy

Through A 12-Year Agreement Beginning In April 2025, CVS Health Will Purchase Energy And Renewable Energy Certificates From Swift Current Energy’s Double Black Diamond Solar Project In Illinois

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CVS Health (CVS) announced an 18-MW agreement with Constellation Energy (Constellation) to purchase zero-emissions, renewable energy equivalent to the annual electricity use of its 147 CVS Health locations throughout Michigan.

Through a 12-year agreement beginning in April 2025, CVS Health will purchase energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Swift Current Energy’s Double Black Diamond Solar project (Double Black Diamond) in Illinois. This is made possible by a long-term agreement between Constellation and Swift Current Energy under which Constellation will purchase a portion of the energy and RECs generated by Double Black Diamond. Construction of the project began in March 2023.

In total, CVS Health will procure approximately 35,000 MWh of energy per year from Double Black Diamond, which is expected to help the company reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 18,739 tons (17,000 tonnes) calculated on an annual basis. This is the equivalent emissions of nearly 3800 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year, according to US Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas equivalencies. “We continue to see the significant impact the environment has on our health and well-being,” said Sheryl Burke, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and chief sustainability officer for CVS Health. “That’s why we’re focused on investing in clean, renewable energy and advancing all our sustainability commitments to improve the health of our planet.”

CVS Health will use the Constellation Offsite Renewables (CORe) product to facilitate its renewable energy transaction. CORe connects customers to the economic and sustainability benefits of large-scale, offsite renewable energy projects and is among Constellation’s suite of retail power products that help customers achieve their carbon reduction goals. Customers also have opportunities to use Constellation’s regionally produced hourly carbon-free energy matching solution, which matches power when customers need it most. “By entering into this enduring relationship, CVS Health is embracing sustainable energy sources, while supporting a newly constructed renewable resource,” stated Jim McHugh, chief commercial officer at Constellation. “We take great pride in supporting CVS Health on its path toward sustainability and providing them with a carbon-free energy solution that propels their efforts in reducing emissions.”

Investing in renewable energy is part of CVS Health’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact. The company was one of the first in the world to have its net-zero targets validated by the Science-Based Target Initiative. CVS Health continues to reduce resource consumption across its operations through lighting and transportation upgrades, optimizing digital solutions to reduce paper, alternatives to single-use bags, and offering products that are good for customers and the environment.

“We are delighted to add CVS Health as the latest customer that will benefit from the emissions-free energy produced by Double Black Diamond,” said Eric Lammers, co-founder and CEO of Swift Current Energy. “It is one of the largest solar projects under construction in the United States and is supporting construction jobs, as well as US manufacturing jobs associated with the steel foundations, tracker systems, and solar modules. We look forward to bringing the project online next year.”

With an estimated total capacity of 593 MWac, Swift Current Energy’s Double Black Diamond Solar project will produce electricity sufficient to power the equivalent of more than 100,000 homes from its location in Sangamon and Morgan counties, Illinois.