Walmart Moves Toward Sustainable Energy at Stores and DCs

       

       

WESTMINSTER, Colo.-Walmart has launched six solar-power projects in stores in Colorado, which would mark the retailer’s 100th solar-energy installation in the United States and move it closer to its long-term goal of using 100 percent renewable energy for all of its retail locations and distribution centers.

The installations include three stores here and one each in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch and Lafayette. When completed, these projects are expected to generate 3 million kilowatt-hours of energy a year, the equivalent of powering more than 225 homes, according to a Walmart statement. SolarCity, which has operations centers in Denver and Parker, Colo., will install, own and maintain the six new power systems.

“Solar power continues to show promise as an alternative to traditional power for its environmental and economic benefits,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, Walmart’s vice president of energy. Saylors-Laster added that this effort “creates local jobs and ultimately helps Walmart reduce its energy costs, so that we can continue to pass on savings to our customers.”