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Wal-mart going solar
Written by Gizmo   
Wednesday, 03 January 2007 19:28

Giant bargain retailer Wal-Mart is looking to go solar, according to CNET.  Apparently, they have requested an RFP for a total of 100 megawatts of solar power generating capability, to be installed in stores scattered across five states.  Wal-Mart have already set up two pilot stores (one in McKinney, Texas and the other in Aurora, Colorado) using both solar and wind generation technologies.

The move is part of a long-term company strategy to make more use of renewable resources, construct more energy efficient buildings, and purchase more products made from renewable resources, thus helping to lower the corporation's 'carbon footprint'.

Many corporations are beginning to evaluate alternative energy sources (particularly solar) in a more serious light.  Recently, Google announced plans to install a 1.6 MW plant at their headquarters, and Microsoft have a 480 KW plant.

Increasing government tax incentives and falling prices for solar panels are combining with increasing energy costs to make solar more attractive than ever.

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