West Toledo Walmart goes solar

Walmart announced that it has installed solar panels at 12 Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs in Ohio. The solar panel installation will add approximately 6,000,000 kWh of generation production-enough energy to power more than 820 homes- and are expected to supply approximately 5-20 percent of each store's overall electricity use. "Walmart's installation of solar on 12 store rooftops is the largest solar commitment ever made by a retail business in Ohio," according to Bill Spratley, Executive Director of Green Energy Ohio.

Greg Knudson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Toledo-based Nextronex Energy Systems, says Walmart's decision to go solar could have a positive impact on the industry. "What it does is show that solar can be applied to the commercial, non-residential markets as companies are starting to see the benefits of solar power," Mr. Knudson said.

The Walmart solar panels were installed by SolarCity a company based in San Mateo, California.