Walgreens could become the first local business in Grove City to have a large-scale solar panel installation.

Walgreens could become the first local business in Grove City to have a large-scale solar panel installation.

The Grove City Building Division will review an application for a permit to install 192 solar panels on the roof at Walgreens, 2110 Stringtown Road.

The panels would be about six by three feet each and would be mounted about eight inches above the roof.

The city’s review will take a couple of weeks, said city chief building official Michael Boso. A decision will be made this month.

A home on Queen’s Way is the site of the first large-scale residential solar panel development.

More and more people are becoming interested in alternative energy such as solar panels or windmills, Boso said. “People are more aware of trying to conserve energy,” he said.

By the end of the year, 130 Walgreens stores will have solar panels, 53 of which will be in Ohio, said Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington.

“We have a pretty longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability,” Washington said,

The state of Ohio has been backing the use of green technologies, Washington said. The Ohio Air Quality Development Board granted a $2.5 million loan to So-Core Energy, which is partnering with Walgreens to develop the solar panels at its Ohio stores.

This is a great example of how state officials and manufacturers of green technology can work together to address the need for environmental sustainability, Washington said.

The rooftop solar system would give each store an energy savings of 15 to 20 percent per year.

A major company like Walgreens embracing solar energy “sets a tone for other businesses,” Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said. “We’re certainly encouraging” alternative energy.