Walmart Boosts Solar Production in Ohio

05 March of 2013 by

walmart green paint brush Walmart Boosts Solar Production in Ohio

The amount of solar used in Ohio is about to rise by 10% – why?

Simply because Walmart is installing solar PV on the roofs of 12 stores in the state.

This demonstrates the influence a huge corporation’s shift to renewable energy can have. With 4.5 megawatts of solar, Walmart has about a tenth of all solar in Ohio, the largest single solar power user in the state.

Nine stores in the Dayton-Cincinnati area and three others in Ohio are about to start producing power. SolarCity installed and owns the solar systems and Walmart will buy the electricity – enough to supply 10-15% of each store’s electricity.

“Wal-Mart’s installation of solar on 12 store rooftops is the largest solar commitment ever made by a retail business in Ohio,” Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio told Dayton Daily News.

Walmart is committed to running fully on renewable energy – it has 240 solar systems operating or underway worldwide and recently installed its first wind turbines.

It’s currently the leading corporation in the US for on-site renewable energy, but that only fulfills about 4% of demand.

Last year, Walmart completed its biggest solar system to date – 3.3 MW on a distribution center near Phoenix, Arizona,  producing 30% of its electricity.

Other recent corporate commitments are evaluating buyers on the sustainable products they purchase and by 2017, 70% of all products sold in the US will come from suppliers that use its Sustainability Index.

Original Article on SustainableBusiness

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