Solar Carports. EV Chargers. Rooftop Greenhouse. Welcome to Whole Foods.

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Introducing the most high-tech supermarket in the U.S. — and quite possibly the world. The new Whole Foods in Brooklyn, the chain’s first in the borough, boasts its own microgrid. The store is outfitted with solar carports, wind turbines and electric vehicle chargers, according to EcoWatch.com.

There’s also a 20,000 square foot rooftop hydroponic greenhouse run by Gotham Greens that will grow vegetables year round for the produce section, the website reports. Whole Foods says the new market is up to 60 percent more efficient than any other grocery store in the nation.

The store is located along the Gowanus Canal, a toxic Superfund site being cleaned up by the EPA at a cost of more than a half billion dollars.

The New Yorker reports that despite stocking hundreds of local products, carrying local microbrews on tap and collaborating with local arts groups, there was resistance to Whole Food’s arrival. The concern is that Whole Foods is a form of big box development — the sort of gentrification that sucks the lifeblood out of local neighborhoods. Other communities, including Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts raised similar worries about the market’s rival, the magazine reports.

 

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