Walmart will install a total of 40 megawatt hours of energy storage systems across 27 of its stores in Southern California in the first phase of a project to save money. The systems will use Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ Hybrid Electric Building technology, which will improve energy efficiency, provide guaranteed energy savings and grid support to local utilities, all at no upfront cost to Walmart.
“Cost efficiency is the hallmark of the Walmart brand,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president, Energy for Walmart. “Adding energy storage capabilities to our clean energy resources reduces the capacity needed from the grid and is part of our commitment to increase reliance on renewable energy.”
Walmart has plans to power 50 percent of its operations with renewable energy by 2025. Already it has installed onsite renewable energy generation, including solar power at 350 of its stores.
Walmart is among the biggest corporate users of rooftop solar power. It was unseated, at least temporarily, by Target last year. Other companies, like Kohl’s and Ikea also are installing solar power across many of their stores.
“When it comes to sustainable and efficient energy management, Walmart sets the global standard,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Walmart continues to demonstrate its visionary leadership by delivering high quality and low costs for its customers.”
The energy storage systems will allow the stores to reduce their peak electric demand. The Hybrid Electric Building technology optimizes a building’s overall energy usage, controls its energy consumption and lowers costs.
The systems can also provide electricity to the grid to support Southern California Edison (SCE), generating revenues from utilities for grid services. This is particularly important in markets like California where peak or time-of-use charges are used, meaning electricity costs more at different times of day. The project is part of SCE’s grid modernization project.Tweet