Greenskies putting solar on 27 Mass. Walmarts
Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC has been tasked with providing crystalline solar panels to more than half of Walmart’s Massachusetts stores.
The Middletown, Conn.-based company will install solar panels to generate electricity at 27 of its 49 stores in Massachusetts by 2014 to become the largest user of solar power in the Bay State, according Walmart Senior Director of Energy David Ozment.
“Greenskies will install, own and operate them, and we will purchase the power from it,” Ozmet told Mass High Tech. Walmart to date has installed approximately 125 panels in California, Hawaii, Colorado, New Jersey and Louisiana, but Ozment said “this is the largest single percentage installation that we’ve done.”
The retail giant, which has four solar projects in New Jersey and six in Colorado, currently has a 10-year purchase power agreement (PPA) with Greenskies. The installation is expected to generate more than 10 megawatts of power – enough energy to power more than 1,300 homes.
“We are thrilled to have Walmart as a strategic partner now in multiple states and helping them reach their renewable energey efforts,” Greenskies Co-founder and Senior Vice President Andrew Chester told Mass High Tech. We’ve been working with them for a number of years and educating them on the Northeast. We worked collaboratively with their construction and third-party engineers and developed a plan together so we were the natural fit.”
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