SolarCity and SunEdison signed agreements with Walmart to install up to 400 solar projects on its stores and facilities across the U.S. over the next four years. The new installations will help the world’s largest retailer move forward in its quest to become 100 percent renewably powered by 2020's end.
“This is the beginning of the next wave in renewable energy for Walmart, an effort we announced in May when we welcomed President Obama to our Mountain View California store,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, vice president of energy at Walmart. “These projects bring us closer to fulfilling our commitment to double the number of on-site solar energy projects in U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers—thereby reducing our energy expenses and generating clean energy in local communities.”
To reach that level the company anticipates it must produce or procure seven billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy. The company is already making substantial progress in its goals. By November 2014 It has installed roughly 260 solar projects in the U.S. totaling 105 megawatts. Which the company said is more than double the capacity of the next largest business.
“We are pleased to announce this expansion on the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s commercial solar report, which recognizes Walmart as having the most installed solar capacity in the U.S.,” said Pam Kohn, executive vice president at Walmart and president of Walmart Realty. The report, issued in October, also found that Walmart led the U.S. in new solar installations among commercial entities in 2014 adding 15 megawatts of solar power.
Walmart also stated that its solar installations across the U.S. have already saved it $5 million in energy expenses. Showing that Walmart is able to save money while choosing to become more environmentally responsible.
To keep the progress going Walmart issued an RFP (a request for proposals) for more solar power as facilities. It chose SolarCity and SunEdison as its providers.
“SunEdison is one of Walmart’s earliest solar providers with projects dating back to 2007,” said Katherine Jennrich, senior manager of energy services at Walmart. “And, SolarCity has been Walmart’s largest solar provider, installing more than 200 projects together since 2010. We are excited to expand our work with both providers.”
The company is likely to have smaller systems on its stores in larger systems off-site. The smaller systems will provide 10 to 20 percent of its host facility’s electric needs. While the off-site solar panels will provide 20 to 30 percent of the power needed by the facility.Tweet