To work well, solar panels need open space. The roofs and parking lots of Walmart’s vast big-box stores have it in spades.
That’s why Environment America Research & Policy Center is urging the nation’s biggest retailer to go big on solar, by putting panels on the roofs of nearly all of its more than 5,000 locations across the U.S. — and in the parking lots that surround them — by the year 2035. By doing this, Walmart could install solar capacity equivalent to the power consumed by more than 650,000 U.S. homes.
“Walmart has built its reputation on getting customers what we need at reasonable prices. Now the company has a chance to enhance that reputation by moving to protect customers’ health and quality of life,” said Susan Rakov, Chair of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign at Environment America Research & Policy Center.
All that new clean energy won’t just leave our communities’ air cleaner and reduce global warming pollution; large solar arrays like these can also serve as emergency power sources in emergencies.
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Photo: With current technology, putting solar panels on the roofs of the nation’s big box stores could offset their electricity use by 42 percent. Credit: Walmart via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
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