Not only is Walmart one of the largest retailers in the United States, but they are working their way towards their personal goal of being supplied by 100% renewable energy resources. Adding to its already operating 31 solar installations in California and Hawaii, the company announced that it will be adding another 20 to 30 solar installations in California and Arizona. The new installations will provide up to 22.5 million kWh of electricity per year and provide 20% to 30% of each locations energy requirements.
SolarCity won the bid to construct the installation through an RFP that was led by Walmart and the national environmental group, Environmental Defense Fund. SolarCity will design, install, own and maintain the systems on the store locations, using both copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride thin-film.
“By leveraging our global scale to become a more efficient company, we are able to lower our expenses and help develop markets for new technologies,” said Kim Saylors Laster, Walmart vice president of energy. “Developing and incorporating new renewable energy sources, like thin film, reduces energy price risk and aligns very well with our commitment to solving business challenges through technology.”