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#1 Dutchman

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:15 PM

Stopped at the Walmart in Truth or Consequences, NM, for some supplies today.   I thought how nice, new shades to avoid parking in the blazing summer sun.  But these structures, eight of them covering the entire parking lot, are completely covered with solar panels.  An associate said they were just installed and are supposed to power the entire store, once they finish with testing.  Nice side benefit, shade in the 90 degree heat.

 

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:31 PM

Nice. Every newly constructed building and parking lot should do the same.

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:37 AM

This is really cool, they should for sure do this to all their stores where applicable!



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Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:45 PM

Thanks for posting this solar panel information Dutchman.

I have seen only a couple of similar uses, McKinney Falls SP in Austin has some covered parking outside the Visitor Center made up of solar panels and the Palmer Auditorium in Austin has parking spaces covered with panels.

It's a brilliant yet simple idea. Hope to see more of these examples.

Thanks again for the posting on solar panels Dutchman.

 

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:46 PM

Here's another example of something similar.

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 06:56 PM

Shucky darn, I missed you - was off work recovering from dental surgery. The panels are great for those of us who work there and have our vehicles parked for hours at a time. Doesn't take but an instant for the AC to cool down the truck. The company that installed the panels finished the job 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 09:41 PM

I was on my way from Albuquerque to Deming,  just a quick stop after filling up at the corner.  I hope  you're recovering well.

 

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 08:12 AM

There's a Walmart on the east side of Flagstaff with the same solar arrangement. I didn't realize it until Dutchman posted the picture, above. Winter snow in Flagstaff allows the panels to do double duty during snowy weather.


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Posted 24 July 2015 - 04:53 PM

This thread is now cleaned up.  Please do not post off-topic in this thread.

 

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 06:56 AM

Stopped at the Walmart in Truth or Consequences, NM, for some supplies today.   I thought how nice, new shades to avoid parking in the blazing summer sun.  But these structures, eight of them covering the entire parking lot, are completely covered with solar panels.  An associate said they were just installed and are supposed to power the entire store, once they finish with testing.  Nice side benefit, shade in the 90 degree heat.

 

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Dutchman

 

It's just a part of the big picture, but "...the biggest obstacle is public policy.":

 

From http://corporate.wal...nability/energy

Working toward 100% renewable energy

We’ve come a long way since our first on-site solar project in the U.S. in 2005 and our first large-scale wind power agreement in Mexico in 2006. At the end of 2013, we had more than 335 renewable energy projects in operation or under development across our global portfolio. These projects provide our facilities with more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable electricity annually. Together with renewable electricity from the grid, 24.2% of our electricity needs globally are supplied by renewable sources.

We recently committed to driving the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally by Dec. 31, 2020. We’re already 32% (2.25 billion kWh) of the way there. You can read about our approach to sourcing renewable energy. 

Walmart's Approach to Renewable Energy