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Sol Systems Flips the Switch at Seven Solar Projects for Walmart

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Sol Systems has announced the completion of solar energy systems totaling 6.5 megawatts (MW) at seven Walmart stores across California. The portfolio includes a mixture of solar energy systems installed on the rooftops and parking lot carports and offsets the average energy use of nearly 1000 homes.
Sol Systems Flips the Switch at Seven Solar Projects for Walmart
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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 portfolio was developed by Sol Customer Solutions (SCS), 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 Vice President 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. Sol Systems developed and financed more than 200 MW of solar energy in 2020.

“The installation of these solar panels on our stores in California bring us closer to our goal to supply 100 percent of our global electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035 and reinforces Walmart’s broader mission to spark collective climate action,” said Mark Vanderhelm, Vice President for Energy and Facilities Management, Walmart Inc.

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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