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Walmart plans switch to solar in Massachusetts

16th May 2012

Most of us have heard of Walmart, which is possibly why it is making every effort to show to the world what measures it is taking to benefit the environment.

The latest act of environmental kindness from the retail giant is the installation of solar panels at 27 of its stores in Massachusetts - all of which will take place over the next two years.

David Ozment, Walmart's director of energy programs, explained to the Boston Globe that there are various reasons behind the company's switch to solar electricity.

He commented: "On average, the systems we'll be using in Massachusetts will provide from ten to 15 per cent of each store's power requirements.

"We're very optimistic that we're going to save some dollars over time."

Walmart also recently announced the expansion of its solar power systems in Colorado, as it plans to get 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources at its retail and distribution centres.

The good news is that the savings the company makes on its energy bills will be passed on to consumers further along the line, meaning cheaper prices at the checkout.

Posted by Mike Peacock

 

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