The most environmentally friendly bank branch in the United States opened Friday in Fort Lauderdale, with 400 solar panels that will produce all the energy it will use.
TD Bank, subsidiary of Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, opened a branch at 665 NW 62nd St. that will produce 100,000 kilowatts of power from solar panels on the roof, drive-through canopy and an adjacent solar field. The bank, constructed with energy-efficient technologies to reduce its demand for electricity, requires only 97,000 kilowatts to operate.
“Opening a TD Bank that is energy efficient with solar panels that produce 100 percent of the store’s energy needs is a win for us, but most of all it’s a win for the environment,” says Jacquelynn Henke, real estate green strategy officer for the company, in a press release. “Building this store in the Sunshine State made absolute sense. The store’s solar panels will get the sunshine they need, but it was also fitting to construct it here after learning that a majority of residents in South Florida believe green buildings have some impact on the environment.”
To reduce the branch’s demand for electricity and water, the banks uses lots of windows to reduce the need for artificial lights, native plants rather than grass, plumbing fixtures to use 40 percent less water, and construction materials made from recycled waste for tellers’ desks, tiles and carpets.
To mark the branch’s grand opening, TD Bank made a $50,000 donation to The Nature Conservancy to help protect and restore the Northern Everglades and the headwaters of the Everglades.