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Wal Mart Initiates Solar Installations for 22 stores in California and Hawaii

BP Solar, SunEdison, and PowerLight, will install solar systems in 22 Wal Mart stores and a distribution center in California and Hawaii.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 8, 2007 -- Wal-Mart yesterday announced the results of a request for proposals to provide solar power to some of its stores.

The company said it will purchase solar power from three providers, BP Solar, SunEdison, and PowerLight, for a 22 stores and a distribution center in California and Hawaii.

The project is the first step in determining whether solar power can yet be a viable solution to Wal-Mart's power needs. The original call for proposals covered as many as 340 stores, but the projects only made financial sense for these 22 stores.

The solar power pilot project is a big step toward Wal-Mart's goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. Each solar power generating system installed can provide up to 30 percent of the power for the store on which it is installed.

SunEdison will provide the four solar power systems in Hawaii and four in California, while PowerLight and BP Solar will each supply seven systems in California. The systems installations are subject to receiving the appropriate permits and approvals in their respective states.

Wal-Mart will use the power generated by the solar panels onsite at each store and will also keep the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) the units produce, which is unique among most solar power purchases. Enabling Wal-Mart to maintain ownership of the RECs and its stores' environmental benefits is another important factor in allowing Wal-Mart to reach its goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.

SOURCE: www.Greenbiz.com



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