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Once the 60 additional Walmart stores receive solar panels, the company's solar portfolio will total over 75 percent of its stores in California

Walmart is taking part in the adoption of greener technologies throughout California by installing solar panels on its stores. It announced today that it will install solar panels on 60 more California stores.

"California presents a great opportunity for Walmart to make significant progress toward our sustainability goals by installing solar power on more than 130 store rooftops throughout the state," said Kim Saylors-Laster, Walmart vice president of energy. "Walmart has reduced energy expenses by more than a million dollars through our solar program, allowing us to pass these savings on to our customers in the form of everyday low prices."

Walmart has partnered with SolarCity in this endeavor, which is a San Mateo, California-based solar company that will install and maintain the new systems.

Once the 60 additional Walmart stores receive solar panels, the company's solar portfolio will total over 75 percent of its stores in California. This will generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, which can power 5,400 homes. This total effort will also provide 20 to 30 percent of each store's electric needs, and avoid the production of more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is equivalent to taking 4,100 cars off of the road.

"Walmart's effort to expand and accelerate its solar power initiative program here in California demonstrates their commitment to sustainability," said Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. "These kinds of projects create jobs, reduce costs for businesses by lowering power bills, and protect the environment. We appreciate Walmart's leadership and encourage other businesses to follow Walmart's lead."

Walmart's efforts has created more than 500 new full-time jobs since the beginning of this project, and expects to hire "hundreds" more before the end of the year.

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RE: Won't last
By Joz on 9/22/2011 11:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
The truth to this matter is simple:

Solar panels are ugly to look at and need to be hidden, gas doesn't.

Its not a matter of the big gas companies "burying" solar tech, but that a lot of consumers and business don't want to mar their buildings or land with large solar farms.

I don't totally discount the "oil/gas conspiracy" since they are businesses out to make money too.

I'm all for solar panels, but I think they are ugly too, but still sometimes they are a good investment.

RE: Won't last
By Spuke on 9/22/2011 11:47:50 AM , Rating: 3
Both of you are idiots. Lack of solar adoption has shit to do with ugly. It DOES have everything to do with cost. Solar is expensive period and doesn't make financial sense to a LOT of people. Even though I live in an area where I could get the best use of solar, it's still cost prohibitive. At 1/3 the cost, wind is a much better solution but still has a $12,000 entry fee.

RE: Won't last
By JonnyDough on 9/23/2011 2:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
Which, is why I have stock in GE and not in some start up solar company. Throughout Iowa's farmland you will find more and more big wind turbines. They're great! :)

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