McGonigle’s Goes Green

The Kansas City landmark recently updated its store with a new solar panel installation.

Even with six decades of storied history behind McGonigle’s Market, the Kansas City landmark is staying on the cutting edge of technology. The grocery store recently installed solar panels, 100 to be exact, that will generate 25 kilowatts per hour and provide electricity throughout the shop – comprising approximately 15 percent of its single-phase electricity. The hourly energy production can even be tracked on a monitor near the store’s exit.

Owner Mike McGonigle was enticed to make the switch to a more environmentally responsible energy source by Kansas City Power & Light’s Alternative Energy Program, which offers Missouri residential and commercial retail customers a $2.00 per watt rebate on newly installed photovoltaic systems.

The solar panels—which will pay for themselves in approximately a year-and-a-half—are a welcome update to the building, still in its first and only original location at 79th and Ward Parkway. “When my dad started this business in 1951, he would have never imagined being able to harness the sun’s energy to help pay our electric bill,” McGonigle says.

– Kathryn Greene