Walmart, US Solar enter 36-MW solar gardens deal

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June 12 (Renewables Now) - US retailer Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) will be using electricity from 36 MW of community solar gardens built by United States Solar Corporation, also known as US Solar.

Walmart will subscribe to 36 of the solar group’s photovoltaic (PV) gardens in Minnesota, each with a capacity of 1 MW, the hypermarket chain announced on Tuesday. The first solar plants of the particular portfolio are already operational, while the rest will be brought online by the first half of next year.

Walmart will use the contracted electricity for its operations in 13 of Minnesota’s counties. The bill credits that the company will get are based on Minnesota's Value of Solar methodology, which takes into account the value of solar energy and other grid and environmental benefits.

"Walmart plans to tirelessly pursue renewable energy projects that are right for our customers, our business and the environment," said Mark Vanderhelm, vice oresident of energy for Walmart.

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