Wal*Mart Buys Solar Power
Wal*Mart on Tuesdsay announced a pilot program that marks a major move into solar power. The retail giant will purchase blocks of solar power from a trio of providers, and install in 22 of the company’s locations in Hawaii and California.
The company purchased the power units from BP Solar, SunEdison LLC and PowerLight, and the panels are expected to generate up to 20 megawatts of electricity once they are up and running.
By the company’s estimates, the solar purchase will provide up to 30 percent of the energy needed in each store, while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by as many as 10,000 metric tons per year. It is part of the company’s goal to eventually be powered entirely by renewable energy.