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Jan 082010

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Making good on it’s “live better” motto, Walmart has just completed three more solar projects in the Los Angeles area, as it works toward adding solar installations to at least 10 and possibly as many as 20 Walmart facilities in California in 2010.

wmlogoThe projects are part of the mega store’s solar initiative announced last Earth Day, which aims to save operating costs and promote renewable energy.

“Walmart’s effort to expand and accelerate its solar power initiative program here in California demonstrates their commitment to sustainability. These kinds of projects create green jobs, reduce costs for businesses by lowering power bills, and protect the environment,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in a press release.

Nichols added that the CARB would like other businesses to follow Walmart’s lead.

The projects are in Paramount, Baldwin Park and Highland.

The expanded solar initiative builds upon Walmart’s solar pilot program that began in May 2007.

Walmart reports that its total combined solar efforts in California are expected to provide about 20-30 percent of each store’s total electricity needs.

The solar installations also are projected to:

  • Generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year, which is enough to power more than 2,600 homes.
  • Avoid producing more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, the equivalent of taking about 2,000 cars off the road.
    the equivalent of taking approximately 2,000 cars off the road.

“The completion of these facilities marks another important step in our drive to become more sustainable and achieve our goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy,” said Kimberly Sentovich, vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “Increasing the use of solar energy is a benefit for the environment and makes business sense, as well.”