Like so many other companies, Walmart used the occasion of Earth Day 2013 to announce plans to ramp up their use of renewable energy. America’s mega-retailer plans to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 7 billion kWh across all of its operations. The plan for the company is to be completely free of all non-renewables by the end of 2020.
Walmart already uses renewables for about 21% of their total power needs. That’s impressive when you consider the number was closer to 2% just a few years ago. The company is taking advantage of a variety of technologies including wind and solar.
Solar America Solution’s SunQuest 250 evacuated tube solar collector would be the perfect fit for new installations at Walmart outlets, or even retro-fitting existing stores. Currently our systems are proving successful in agricultural, manufacturing, hospitality, and government applications. In fact, we have outfitted everything from a state prison campus to a working poultry farm.
Our evacuated tube technology is the most advanced and most efficient system in the industry. By using evacuated tubes, we are able to capture the energy generated by the sun’s Ultra-Violet (UV) rays, putting it to use rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere. What’s more, our system works even on cool and cloudy days because no direct sunlight or heat is necessary. The SunQuest 250 takes advantage of UV rays, which easily penetrate cloud cover and are present even on the coldest days.
One of our systems perched atop a Walmart could provide the space heating and hot water needs of the store without much modification.
Solar Power Is Good for Business
It is important to know that Walmart’s primary motivation for increasing renewable energies is one of good business. With the price of traditional energy off the grid continuing to rise, Walmart saves money by taking advantage of less expensive renewable sources. Although that may not sound as noble as a company motivated purely by environmental desires, it is the real world nonetheless.
Most of the systems Solar America Solutions has installed have been based on our customers wanting to save money. Renewable energy sources offer tremendous long-term savings over fossil fuels and, at the same time can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases. For example, when a business installs our SunQuest systems, only equipment and installation labor is being paid for. The unit generates its own energy that, in turn, reduces or eliminates what the client pays for energy. The savings more than pays for the entire system in less than five years.
Walmart’s desire to use only renewable energy sources by the end of the decade is one that makes good sense. There’s no telling how much of that energy they will be producing on their own, and how much they will be procuring from other sources. However, one thing is for sure: it is saving the company money and is environmentally responsible.
If you are interested in what Solar America Solutions can do for your company, we would be happy to sit down and discuss your needs with you. We have the right combination of technology and equipment to provide something optimal for your needs and budget.