The plan aims to increase the production of solar power and offset the need for a traditional grid power while helping the organic food store save money, according to the companies' joint press release. In total, the energy firm will retrofit up to 100 Whole Foods stores with rooftop solar panels.
"SolarCity will custom design each solar power system to maximize the amount of grid power offset and expects to begin installation this spring," according to the statement. "Whole Foods Market will also save money with the new solar installations by purchasing power from SolarCity at a discount to current electricity costs, locking in low solar energy rates for years into the future."
Whole Foods shares were also trading higher.