May 2009 - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced a plan to add solar panels on 10 to 20 additional Wal-Mart facilities in California within the next 18 months. This commitment is in addition to the 18 solar arrays currently installed at Wal-Mart facilities in the state. When combined, Wal-Mart’s total solar installations are expected to generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy per year and create about 130 jobs. The company is also planning to add solar panels to an additional five stores in Puerto Rico this year and a total of 22 in Puerto Rico over the next five years.
In addition to its solar installations, Wal-Mart also purchases wind energy in Texas to supply about 15% of the retailer’s energy load for approximately 350 stores and other facilities in that state.
News Release - Wal-Mart to Nearly Double Solar Energy Use in California