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Walmart Announces Completion of Eight New Solar Arrays in Massachusetts

   Walmart Announces Completion of Eight New Solar Arrays in Massachusetts

At a store in Walpole, state officials and environmental leaders celebrate
commitment to renewable energy and sustainability

PR Newswire

WALPOLE, Mass., May 15, 2013

WALPOLE, Mass., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart today announced the
completion of eight new solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays in Massachusetts with
an event at its Walpole store, demonstrating the store's solar array for state
and local officials, environmental leaders and other guests.

"The stores in Massachusetts demonstrate our commitment to increasing the
share of renewable energy that powers our stores and improving energy
efficiency," said David Ozment, senior director of energy at Walmart. "We
believe in helping our customers live better by providing every day low cost
and more environmentally friendly alternatives, like renewables. It's our goal
to eventually be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy."

With almost 10,000 panels, the solar PV arrays throughout the state will
provide 2.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, saving approximately 1,484
metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (CO[2]e) annually – roughly the
equivalent of taking 309 cars off the road.* The Walpole store alone will
generate more than 380,000 kWh annually, saving roughly 200 metric tons of
CO[2]e per year.

"Governor Patrick's leadership and our remarkable success in energy efficiency
and solar energy have placed Massachusetts at the head of the clean energy
revolution," said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia.
"Investments from business leaders like Walmart have helped the Commonwealth
meet our 250 megawatt solar goal four years early and earn the #1 national
ranking in energy efficiency two years in a row."

"The Environmental League of Massachusetts is proud to partner with Walmart,
and appreciates Walmart's support of ELM's work with young people. Walmart has
been an industry leader in combating climate change by incorporating energy
efficiency and renewable energy technologies into their stores, and through
their determination to make their suppliers as energy efficient as possible,"
said George Bachrach, President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts,
which received a $30,000 award from the Walmart Foundation to support
educational programs. "These are teachable moments for young people to learn
practical methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The United States' EPA Green Power Partnership program ranked Walmart as the
number one on-site green power generator/consumer in the U.S in 2013.
Globally, renewable energy projects provide one billion kilowatt hours
annually, or about 4 percent of electricity for Walmart buildings. The grid
supplies another 17 percent, for a total of 21 percent renewable electricity
as of the end of 2012. Walmart has 280 renewable energy projects in operation
or under development, and continues to test solar, fuel cells, microwind,
offsite wind projects, green power purchases and more.

Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC, is the installer and owner of the system,
partnering with Walmart through a power purchase agreement where Walmart buys
the electricity produced by the system. For the project, Greenskies used
Massachusetts union labor. The inverter for the solar PV array is from
Massachusetts-based Solectria Renewables.

"Working on this and other Massachusetts solar installations with Walmart has
been a great experience for us," said AndrewChester of Greenskies, who gave a
demonstration of solar technology to those in attendance. "We are proud to
partner with companies like Walmart to help them achieve their renewable
energy goals by producing clean solar power and reducing their operating
expenses."

* According to the EPA calculator

About Walmart
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 245 million customers and members
visit our more than 10,700 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and
e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of
approximately $466 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.comand
http://www.walmartgreenroom.com/, on Facebook
athttp://facebook.com/walmartand on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/walmartgreen. Online merchandise sales are available
athttp://www.walmart.comandhttp://www.samsclub.com. 

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Website: http://www.walmart.com
Contact: Jim McManus, 617-312-6485, jim@sloweymcmanus.com
 
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