The Solar Foundation reports that solar power has been expanding rapidly in the past ten years, growing at an average pace of 40% per year. By 2025, solar power’s contribution could grow to 10% of the nation’s power needs. With our focus on green tech (and our use of products with solar panels), we love to hear this.
It got us to thinking, though, Who is using this solar energy?
Yesterday, Walmart announced that they’d installed rooftop solar panels on their 100th store in California. The combined efforts of these 100 stores are expected to:
- Generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, which is the equivalent of powering more than 5,400 homes.
- Avoid producing more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road
- Provide 10 to 30 percent of each facility’s total electricity needs.
Ikea is also in on the solar energy game. Earlier this morning, three regional facilities plugged in their rooftop solar energy systems. These three rooftops alone are expected to generate over 2.5 million killowatt hours of electricity a year—enough to power nearly 300 homes. These three buildings join 26 of Ikea’s other facilities that are embracing solar energy.
Have you embraced solar energy in your home? A simple first step is to try a solar-powered radio or sound system—spend some time with one and you’ll see just how easy and efficient it is to use the sun for energy.
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