Wal-Mart Unveils Massive Solar Array in California

by , 01/25/10
filed under: Environment, Solar Power

sustainable design, green design, wal-mart, solar power, apple valley solar installation, renewable energy, apple valley walmart distribution center

We tend to have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart, but we will give them props for their latest green effort. The retailer has just installed close to 5,300 solar panels at its Apple Valley distribution center in California – that’s enough to power 175 homes. The array is Wal-Mart’s largest solar installation and will provide roughly 20 percent of the power for the 1.3 million square foot distribution center, topping out around 1 megawatt. We applaud Wal-mart for the move, but we’re certainly still keeping a critical eye on them.

Via Environmental Leader

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  2. dannn January 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I love solar energy but not on mass-scale. A measly 175 homes that will not be even directly powered, this wattage will simply get fed into the grid and become miniscule. A waste of land space and possibly freshwater if they all require a cooling or a steam process.
    This may be nice for some applications but I say it is better served putting those panels on rooftops.

  3. ChristianAce January 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    a very close eye. I feel like they should be able to alot more towards greening their company with their $404 billion dollar revenue. But maybe thats just my view…

  4. Michael Janzen January 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Attention Wal-Mart shoppers… and other citizens asleep at the wheel… this is a peak oil prep washed in a tint of green.

    Not knocking any company from moving to renewable energy, that should always be commended. I’m just looking one step past the green wash to the core business goal to find the real driver for a big move like this. Those prepping for skyrocketing energy prices when the easy to drill oil is gone will be the ones to live comfortably through our transition off oil.

    Are you prepping yet?

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