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The Wal-Mart Solar Program Will Greenify All California Branches

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Sep 23, 2011 • References: walmartstores and treehugger
Though activists and labor unionists are intent on deriding the big box retailer for their unsavory corporate policy, there's little negative to say about the Wal-Mart Solar Project.

There are a lot of Wal-Mart stores in California -- hundreds of carbon copied edifices are sprawled along the Pacific coast, sucking up electricity and producing inordinate waste. Currying support with just about everyone, the Wal-Mart Solar Project intends to put 500 needy locals to work by installing solar panels on 75% of their Golden State locations, generating enough power to sustain more than 5,400 homes. By 2013, the catch-all retailer hopes to have 130 California storefronts powered by solar energy.

Not only will Wal-Mart help shrink their own carbon footprint, but by bandwagoning with renewable sources, the influential business carries an important torch and raises the profile of solar energy as a whole.