Walmart Expands Solar Installations in Hawaii
Kahului, Kailua-Kona and Kapolei Walmart stores now receive solar power
KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Feb. 27, 2013
KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart and SunEdison today
announced the completion of new solar power installations in the islands at
three Walmart stores in Kahului, Kailua-Kona and Kapolei, doubling the total
number of stores in Hawaii powered by renewable solar energy. The
installations contribute to the company's broader aspirational goal of being
supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. Similar installations are already in
operation atop the Honolulu Sam's Club and Mililani Walmart on Oahu, and the
Lihue Walmart on Kauai.
During the first full year of production, the 311 kilowatt solar power rooftop
system on each store will produce more than 400,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of
solar electricity. Each rooftop system will eliminate 320 metric tons of CO2e
annually. That means the three systems combined, over a 10-year period will
eliminate 9600 metric tons. One year of operation for each rooftop system is
equivalent to removing 67 cars off the road for one year. That means the three
systems combined will remove the equivalent of 2,010 cars over a 10-year
"We are committed to making decisions that are not only good for business and
the environment, but also allow us to pass on savings to our customers," said
Rey Armijo, Hawaii Market Manager for Walmart. "We're excited about the
expansion of our solar program in the islands and this important step towards
our goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy."
"Fantastic! I congratulate Walmart for making this wise decision to reduce
their electricity bills and do good for the environment through solar PV,"
said Senate Energy & Environment Committee Chair and State Senator Mike
Learn more about Walmart's commitment to sustainability at The Green Room and
follow us on Twitter (@WalmartGreen) to get updates about sustainability
efforts and milestones. Additional information about our commitment to
renewable energy is also available on our website.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through
their mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members
visit our 10,700 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce
websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444
billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart
continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and
employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by
visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at
http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmartgreen.
Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and
SunEdison is a global leader in delivering solar power. The company develops,
finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven
photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed, predictably priced solar
energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. As of
December 31, 2012, SunEdison had interconnected over 989 Megawatts of solar
electricity throughout the world. For more information about SunEdison please
visit www.sunedison.com. SunEdison is a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic
Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR).
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Contact: Christopher Schraeder, 1-800-331-0085, http://news.walmart.com/media;
or Dawn Brister, SunEdison, +1-407-414-0526, email@example.com
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