Walmart expands solar installations to Ohio
Retailer working with SolarCity to install more than 4.7 megawatts of
generation capacity, making it the state's largest solar power user
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart today announced that it
has worked with SolarCity to install solar panels on 12 Walmart stores and
Sam's Clubs throughout Ohio. The solar panel installations will add
approximately 6,000,000 kWh of generation production – enough energy to power
more than 820 homes – and are expected to supply approximately 5-20 percent of
each store's overall electricity use.
"Solar power makes sense for Walmart, and it makes sense for Ohio," said David
Ozment, Walmart Senior Director of Energy. "We are committed to increasing the
use of renewable energy resources, including solar panels, at our stores in
Ohio and throughout the country."
"Walmart's installation of solar on12 store rooftops is the largest solar
commitment ever made by a retail business in Ohio," said Bill Spratley,
Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio."At more than four and a half
megawatts, itrepresents almost a tenth of all the solar installed in Ohio
currently. It is exciting to seethat Walmart's solar arrays will also
eliminate 5,500 tons of CO[2e] or the equivalent of taking the emissions of
1,152 cars off the road each year."*
The Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs receiving solar power systems are located
in Mason, Xenia, Greenville, Austintown, Middletown, Franklin, Youngstown,
Toledo, Milford, Loveland, and two systems in Cincinnati.
Walmart has an aspirational goal is to be powered 100 percent by renewable
energy. The United States EPA Green Power Partnership program ranks Walmart as
the largest onsite green power generator in the U.S.
"Walmart continues to forge new ground as the #1 corporate solar user in
America," said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. "This project brings SolarCity to
the state of Ohio for the first time, and is expected to increase the state's
overall solar generation capacity by more than 10 percent."
* According to the EPA calculator
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