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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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Not Solyndra panels
By undummy on 9/22/2011 1:02:46 PM , Rating: 1
Anyone want to guess on which company manufactured their solar panels?

Hey Walmart, what about the 1000's of other stores across the country?

Sad, but the solar panels don't fully power the store that they're are mounted on. So, they toss in the bogus # of houses to make it seem so impressive. NOT!

Rumor is that Walmart is going to run an extension cord to China to power its stores cheaply!

RE: Not Solyndra panels
By Ringold on 9/22/2011 2:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a point to any of that, or did I miss it?

They're probably not made in the US, because.. despite throwing subsidies at it, American manufacturers couldn't do it competitively.

Walmart's doing it in CA because it needs the PR there, and its a place where that sort of "green" stuff can score positive PR.

The fact they can partially cover a roof and still not power their stores is a testament to how the technology sucks in my book, but I doubt that was a point you were trying to make.

And I for one welcome this Trans-Pacific Powerline idea! Let China build a bunch of dirty coal plants, deal with the local pollution, and export the power here! :P (Not really, local nuclear production and all the clean, high-paying jobs that entails sounds better)

RE: Not Solyndra panels
By Philippine Mango on 9/22/2011 5:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the technology sucks, it's that they use so much electricity... Even if you had solar panels that were 100% efficient, you still could not have a solar powered car in the sense that we understand it today (as heavy, fast and luxurious as they are) but that doesn't mean that the panels are garbage. I bet the majority of their energy consumption is due to the air conditioners and refrigerators.

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