NORFOLK, Va. – Thrift Store USA is recycling items and giving them a second chance in a new home. Now, the store itself is recycling energy. The 130-kilowatt system perched atop the Norfolk store generates enough power for at least 10 homes.
“It’s the largest privately owned system in Hampton Roads,” said Chad Wilkins with Convert Energy, who installed the panels.
The system is saving Thrift Store USA owner Rob Giroux close to $800 a week.
Giroux does own his store, rebuilt in 2005 after a severe fire. He’s operated at the site for 14 years, and the store gives a portion of its proceeds to Seton Youth Shelters.