Lihue Walmart is the company’s third Hawaii location to receive solar power
LIHUE, Kauai, HI (Oct. 15, 2012) – Walmart and SunEdison today announced the completion of Walmart’s third solar power system in Hawaii. The installation contributes to the company’s broader aspirational goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. Similar systems were previously installed atop the Honolulu Sam’s Club and Mililani Walmart on Oahu and others are planned for the future.
During the first full year of production, the 315 kW DC solar power rooftop system will produce more than 400,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar electricity. Over 10 years, the zero-emission system will produce approximately 4,000,000 kWh of electricity. The 10 year production is expected to avoid approximately more than 2,600 m tons CO2e, equivalent to taking more than 500 vehicles off the road.
“We are committed to making decisions that are not only good for business and the environment, but also allow us to pass on savings to our customers,” said Brian Halsey, Hawaii Market Manager for Walmart. “We’re pleased with the progress of our solar program in Hawaii and excited about this important step on Kauai towards our goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy.”
“We applaud Walmart’s commitment to solar energy and hope it will encourage other Kauai businesses to help attain our island’s Holo Holo 2020 vision,” said Bernard Carvalho, Jr., Mayor of Kauai. “All of us look forward to creating an island that is sustainable, values the native culture, has a thriving and healthy economy, cares for all – keiki to kupuna – and has a responsible and user-friendly local government.”
Learn more about Walmart’s commitment to sustainability at The Green Room and follow us on Twitter (@WalmartGreen) to get updates about sustainability efforts and milestones. Additional information about our commitment to renewable energy is also available on our website.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 10,300 retail units under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of $444 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
SunEdison is a global leader in delivering solar power. The company develops, finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed, predictably priced solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. In 2011 SunEdison interconnected approximately 300 Megawatts of solar throughout the world. For more information about SunEdison please visit www.sunedison.com. SunEdison is a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR)