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Solar energy project for Wal-Mart in Puerto Rico

Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider, have announced plans to deploy rooftop solar systems on five Walmart Puerto Rico stores with the potential for 23 stores over five years.

The project will be the largest renewable energy project ever developed on the island. The systems will provide Walmart long-term predictably priced solar-generated energy.

Under a solar power services agreement with Walmart, SunEdison will finance, own, build and operate the photovoltaic solar energy systems, which deliver long-term, low-risk returns to project financiers. When complete, the five locations will account for more than 4.3 MW of total capacity.

Construction on the first 895 kW rooftop system at Walmart Supercenter Caguas is scheduled to begin before the end of 2009

On average, for Walmart in Puerto Rico, a system can provide 25 to 30 percent of the power for the store or club on which it is installed. Throughout the duration of a 15 year contract, the zero-emission systems are projected to produce 90 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.

Renzo Casillo, president and CEO of Walmart Puerto Rico added, “We are transforming every aspect of our operation, and that includes energy consumption. Last year we achieved an 8.7 percent reduction in energy consumption compared to year through the implementation of energy-saving strategies and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. Today, our new Walmart stores are 21 percent more energy-efficient than locations were in 2005. With this solar energy project we’ll continue to broaden our efforts towards our main objective of covering 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources.”

Catherine York, SunEdison Managing Director in the Caribbean said, “We commend Walmart’s aggressive leadership in renewable energy as a model for all industries in Puerto Rico. Our portfolio of projects in North America and Europe consistently produce more than 100% of the expected energy that independent engineers calculate when we commission our systems. Delivering this type of performance for Walmart in Puerto Rico will generate real energy savings. The project also brings the solar industry to Puerto Rico with well-paying jobs for the island and a reduction of greenhouse gases to improve the environment.”

The five locations that are part of the pilot and the size of the installations:
Sam’s Club Rexville: 795kW
Sam’s Club Ponce: 936.44kW
Wal-Mart Super Center Ponce Baramaya: 1239.84kW
Wal-Mart Super Center Manati: 854.44kW
Wal-Mart Super Center Caguas: 895.44kW

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