Maryland, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison are planning to deploy rooftop solar systems on five of the company’s stores with the potential for 23 stores over five years. The overall project will be the largest renewable energy project ever developed on the island.
Under a solar power services agreement with Walmart, SunEdison will finance, own, build and operate the photovoltaic solar energy systems. Construction on the first 895-kilowatt (kW) rooftop system at Walmart Supercenter Caguas is scheduled to begin before the end of 2009.
Each solar power-generating system installed may vary, but across the Puerto Rico sites, on average a system can provide 25 to 35 percent of the power for the store or club on which it is installed. Throughout the duration of a 15 year contract, the zero-emission systems are projected to produce 90 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.
The five locations that are part of the pilot and the size of the installations:
- Sam’s Club Rexville: 795-kW
- Sam’s Club Ponce: 936.44-kW
- Wal-Mart Super Center Ponce Baramaya: 1239.84-kW
- Wal-Mart Super Center Manati: 854.44-kW
- Wal-Mart Super Center Caguas: 895.44-kW