Massachusetts Solar on Increase

Massachusetts Solar Moves State Closer to Renewable Energy Goals 
& Big Box Stores Lead the Way By Example!

What does it take to spur companies into investing in solar power?  In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick’s 2008 initiative directed at large retail stores seems to have done the trick.  He urged the use of alternative energy sources, making the point that large flat roofs are ideal for use in capturing solar power.  His call has been answered by a number of retailers, such as Shaw’s Supermarkets located in Burlington and Webster and the Stop & Shop, which installed solar panels in Dedham, Dorchester, and Somerville stores.  And now Walmart is planning to contribute to the state’s solar power initiative, in a big way.

America’s largest retail store, Walmart, has stated plans to install solar panels on the roofs of approximately half of its 50 or so Massachusetts stores.  This is all expected to be completed as early as August, and Walmart representatives say that this effort is a part of the expansion of solar power throughout Massachusetts.

At this point, these environmentally friendly plans for 27 Walmarts in MA are in the engineering phase.  Local permits, for instance, need to be obtained for each location.

Walmart Stores Lead the Way in Solar Implementation.

Once the solar panels have been installed in the selected Walmarts, they will be capable of collectively generating enough energy to provide power for as many as 2,600 homes, which equals approximately 10.5 megawatts worth of energy.  How does that compare with the governor’s goal?  Gov. Patrick’s hope is that big-box retailers will supply 250 megawatts of solar-generating capacity by the year 2017 – enough for 37,500 homes. The disappointing part of that equation is that in reality the power will all go to helping the big box store, not to powering homes. But all that can change… one homeowner or small business location at a time.

Just imagine if consumers and small business owners started using their own roof tops to begin generating power for residential and commercial use. That is our goal at North American Solar Stores, to make Solar Energy a sensible and economical alternative to ever-increasing utility bills. If the big box stores can do it, why can’t we! Our NASS Solar Store member in Barre, MA is fully equipped to sell and install both solar electric / solar pv systems and solar hot water / solar thermal systems.

When you look at the numbers, it appears that Walmart will barely scratch the surface of the solar energy goals.  But there are already 105 megawatts of solar power installed in Massachusetts, which adds up to approximately 40 percent of the ultimate goal.  So the Walmart effort definitely gives the state’s goal a nice boost.  Patrick said, “This is another step forward in the Commonwealth’s clean-energy mission and will help make Massachusetts a better place for the next generation.”

Massachusetts isn’t the first state in which Walmart is getting in on solar power.  Several of their stores in California, Arizona, and Hawaii have solar panels installed on their roofs.  Construction is underway to install solar panels on stores in Colorado and New Jersey.  At this point, Walmart stores in the USA produce 50 megawatts worth of solar generating capacity, which is enough to supply all the power needed for 12,500 homes. Walmart says that its goal is to beat current utility prices or at least match them when deciding to go solar with a store location.

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