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Visalia Walmart To Get 1 MW Solar Unit

August 29,2014
Home Rooftop Solar More Than Double Last Year’s Pace In Valley

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 4.50.48 PMSolarCity will install a1044kw (1MW) solar system on the roof of the Visalia Mooney Walmart according to a building permit filed at the city. Walmart is already the number one commercial solar energy user according to an industry report with 89 megawatts at 215 locations. The company is recognized as the largest on-site renewable energy user in America by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The annual Solar Means Business report released in October ranked America’s solar leaders by install capacity with Walmart at No. 1, followed by Costco, Kohl’s, Apple, IKEA, Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw Hill, Staples and Campbell’s Soup rounding out the top 10.

“One of SolarCity’s biggest challenges is that customers are still stuck with the stigma that clean energy is expensive,” said Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, in a press release. “Walmart’s scale, brand, and leadership is sending the signal that solar is cost effective. Walmart is showing you can be sustainable, and you can do it at prices that meet or beat the price of energy from the grid.”

Also this week SolarCity received a permit for a roof mounted units at the City of Visalia Corp yard at 525 Cain. The units will generate 672.7KW

Looking at the bigger picture – solar construction on homes in Tulare County is ahead of last year’s pace with 948 rooftop units installed in the county through this August  compared to 665 through the same period in 2013. But the price per project has gone down as the price for soar panels has fallen.

Across the Central Valley the number of solar projects on homes has more than doubled from 2114 through August of 2013 to 4710 through August 2014 according to figures from Construction Monitor.

More Local Projects

Also on the commercial front Apex Natural Renewable is installing a 750kw unit on the corner of Rd 120 and Hwy 63 east of Orange Cove,

In Kings County Con Edison Solutions is seeking to expand their Corcoran  solar projects pending approval of the county planning commission by adding 40 acres and 11.25 megawatts (MW) to the previously approved solar energy generating facility located at 6734 Nevada Avenue, Corcoran, CA.That will increase the size of the project from 8.5 MW to 19.75 MW and increase the acreage of the project site from 84 acres to 124 acres. Also they want approval to establish a new 20 MW solar energy generating facility for the CED Corcoran Solar 3 Project on 130 acres located at 7094 Nevada Avenue, Corcoran, CA. The Kings Planning Commission will meet September 8.

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