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  (Source: calfinder.com)
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: Price Tag?
By Solandri on 9/22/2011 1:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
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I see, so if a school district in CA does this it's the end of America.

If Walmart does it, it must be smart.

Wal-mart has plenty of cash in the bank to spend buying something which will take a decade or two to pay for itself. The California government does not.

It's the same reason it's no problem for someone with >$100k in savings to buy a new car, but ridiculous for someone with $25k in credit card debt to buy a new car. I think the overall consensus in the school district article was that the panels would pay for themselves eventually. People were just questioning the wisdom of the state school district splurging on something like that when the state budget has such a huge shortfall.


RE: Price Tag?
By Steve1981 on 9/22/2011 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
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The California government does not.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but school funding in California is at least partially based on the local property taxes, and in spite of attempts to even out funding, there is still considerable inequality among the various school districts. As such, while the state itself might be broke, San Ramon is a reasonably affluent area that might not have as much troubles with school funding as other parts of the state.


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