As the green revolution continues, more and more consumer-oriented retailers are moving toward renewable energy not only to save money on utility costs, but also to gain points with consumers who are focused on green technologies and companies.
Now, retail giant Wal-Mart is hoping that its latest green efforts will be noticed by consumers and green-business gurus according to News.com. Wal-Mart has set up solar power kiosks in nine of its Sam's Club stores in Southern California in an effort to expose more consumers to solar power. At the kiosks, shoppers can get information about rooftop solar installations and receive discounts that average $500 savings on solar installations.
Sam's Club will offer the solar deals via solar panel installers including Borrego Solar and BP Solar. The solar kiosks will be installed in stores in Corona, Murrieta, Glendora, Ontario, La Habra, Chino, Long Beach, Fountain Valley, and Torrance.
Sam's Club stores are also doing more than simply adding the solar kiosks to the aisles; the stores will also be highlighting other green products like low-flow toilets and LED light bulbs. The stores were also feature live video chats with representatives from appliance makers focused on the green movement.
News.com reports that Wal-Mart is not only looking at selling solar panels in its stores, but also has plans to install solar power on 22 of its Wal-Mart stores around the country. The goal of its pilot solar program is to provide one-third of the energy needed for the 22 stores participating in the pilot.
Sam's Club stores are not the only retail outlets that are starting to look at selling renewable energy products to their customers. IKEA announced recently that it plans to invest a significant sum of money -- $77 million according to News.com -- to help launch clean-tech companies to build products like solar panels that it will sell in its retail outlets.
quote: Solar is a waste of time? That's retarded.
quote: Too bad solar is almost a complete waste of time.
quote: Electricity costs a small fortune there, with variable rates for high-demand usage.
quote: Solar panels can also get you tax incentives and/or rebates in many places.
quote: Sure, they take years to pay for themselves, but if they last a decade or more, they will have earn a net profit over their lifetime
quote: Oh yeah, and energy prices keep going up
quote: people vote and they are getting what they asked for. If Californians want feel-good policies that harm their economy, they can have them and they can pay for them.
quote: people have been brainwashed into thinking that short-term economic greed by individuals