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Sol Systems brings 6.5 MW of solar to Walmart stores in California

Written by: Leonard Parker | solar news | April 14, 2021

Sol Systems completed solar projects totaling 6.5 MW at seven Walmart stores across California. The portfolio is a mix of rooftop systems and solar carports.

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The portfolio is part of an ongoing partnership and will provide power directly to Walmart stores in Burbank, Calexico, North Highlands, Perris, Placerville, Sacramento and Wasco. The projects were developed by Sol Customer Solutions, the development division of Sol Systems, a joint venture with global infrastructure investment firm, Capital Dynamics.

“These projects exemplify the leading approach Walmart is taking: catalyzing action on clean energy across the US and driving a framework for how other companies can take an aggressive, measured approach to reducing carbon emissions through direct, onsite solar energy generation,” said Andrew Grin, associate VP of Sol Customer Solutions.

The projects began construction in 2020, following all necessary protocols to ensure the safety of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The installation of these solar panels on our stores in California [brings] us closer to our goal to supply 100% of our global electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035 and reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective climate action,” said Mark Vanderhelm, VP of energy and facilities management at Walmart.

Walmart set a goal last year to be a regenerative company — one that works to restore, renew and replenish in addition to preserving our planet. As part of that goal, it is targeting zero emissions by 2040 across its global operations and aims to harvest enough wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to reach its goal of powering 100% of its facilities with renewables by 2035. Currently, 29% of Walmart’s operations worldwide are powered with renewable energy.

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