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USA: Walmart Solar Power Count Hits 100 In US


is completing six new solar installations in Colorado, bringing its U.S. solar count to 100 in the United States. SolarCity arrays on the rooftops of three stores in Westminster and one each in Lakewood, Highlands Ranch and Lafayette (pictured below) are getting the giant retailer to that big shiny number.

Wal-Mart has said that its long-term goal is to use 100 percent renewable energy for all of its retail stores and distribution facilities. Solar is a big component of that drive, but the company has also been purchasing wind power for its facilities in Texas. In addition, the company has publicized efforts to make its supply chain more sustainable.

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Walmart said the Colorado projects will add another 2 megawatts (MW) of clean power and help the state toward its goals of producing 30 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The state currently generates about 13 percent of its energy from renewables—mostly from wind—which is good compared to most states, but it still relies on coal for a whopping two-thirds of its power.
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