Sam’s Club announced the completion of a 546 kilowatt solar power system at its Glendora, Calif. store. The system consists of over 3,000 modules and is expected to provide about 27 percent of the store’s electricity.
BP Solar installed the system as part of a program to develop 4.3 megawatts of solar energy systems for seven Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs in California. So far four solar installation projects have been completed. The remaining three sites are expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
In late 2005, the company announced its goal to be ultimately supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.
Since then the company has been taking strides to green its brand, installing solar panels on its roof tops, reshaping milk cartons, and in one of its latest moves – asking suppliers to submit “green” products to help the company tell its story.
But Wal-Mart has been facing tough green questions from critics for lobbying against defining and standardizing carbon offsets for proposed cap-and-trade programs.