BP Solar finishes final installations of Wal-Mart PV systems in California



BP Solar says it has completed the final three photovoltaic systems specified under the terms of its solar power construction program agreement with Wal-Mart. The company recently finished building a 493.7-KW system at the Sam’s Club in La Habra, a 605.9-KW array at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Palm Springs, and a 675.2-KW system at the Beaumont Super Center.

With these three systems totalling over 1.7 MW, this fulfills BP Solar’s 4.1-MW commitment to Wal-Mart as part of the retailer’s solar pilot project. The project consists of nearly 24,000 crystalline-silicon solar panels, which are expected to produce 6.7 million KW-hr of electricity per year.

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SunPower’s Sunlight division and SunEdison are also partnering with Wal-Mart to install solar power arrays on rooftops of stores and centers in California and Hawaii.

“We are very proud to provide seven Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs with clean solar energy,” said Mark Kerstens, VP of sales and marketing for BP Solar. “These stores are shining examples of how businesses that choose renewable energy reduce their energy costs and can make a difference not only in a single community but in an entire region of the country.”

(For more on Wal-Mart’s plans to install solar on many of its locations in California and Hawaii, as well as the retailer’s thin-film/building-integrated PV initiative, check the recent Chip Shots blog.)

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