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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: Price Tag?
By DockScience on 9/22/2011 3:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
I am sure it's making sense for Wal-Mart, but the taxpayers are picking up a large part of the bill. Solar City is getting a quarter BILLION in federal loan guarantees to pay for this.

Corporate welfare in green boots.

RE: Price Tag?
By JonnyDough on 9/23/2011 2:54:36 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that short-term studies show that Wal-Mart gives a boost to local economy, while long-term studies have proven that Wal-Mart KILLS local economy. :( Let's see, do we want jobs in ten years or do we want to channel our local cash to some big wigs sitting in a mansion? You decide. We've had Wal-Marts through out history. They're called MARKETS - where mom and pop stores could have a storefront and you could find everything you needed in one place. We don't need Wal-mart for ANYTHING! Run them out of town! Groceries? That's what co-ops are for. It's funny because Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart would be appalled if he knew what his spoiled bratty kids were up to.

RE: Price Tag?
By FauxNews on 9/26/2011 6:54:58 PM , Rating: 2

Don't be silly, Wal-Mart creates TONS of jobs.


They're just not in the USA.

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