We’re calling on Walmart to go big on solar

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Jake Taber
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Author: Jake Taber

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2017
B.A., cum laude, Tufts University

As a member of the Creative Team for the Public Interest Network, Jake writes and designs materials for Environment America and its network of state-based organizations. Jake got his start with Environment America's program team as a Clean Energy Associate, where he worked with students to organize campaigns for 100 percent renewable energy at dozens of campuses across the country, and helped win commitments from Boston University and Vanderbilt University. Jake lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he enjoys cooking, reading and attempting to learn woodworking.

To work well, solar panels need open space. The roofs and parking lots of Walmart's vast big-box stores have that in spades.
 
That's why Environment America Research & Policy Center is urging the nation's biggest retailer to go big on solar, by putting panels on the roofs of nearly all of its more than 5,000 locations across the U.S. — and in the parking lots that surround them — by the year 2035. More than 13,000 supporters have joined our call for the retailer to take action.
 
"Walmart has built its reputation on getting customers what we need at reasonable prices. Now the company has a chance to enhance that reputation by moving to protect customers' health and quality of life," said Susan Rakov, chair of the 100% Renewable Energy Campaign at Environment America Research & Policy Center.
 
By going big on solar, Walmart could install solar capacity equivalent to the power consumed by more than 650,000 U.S. homes.
 
Read our statement.

Photo: With current technology, putting solar panels on the roofs of the nation's big-box stores could offset their electricity use by 42 percent. Credit: Walmart via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Jake Taber
Content Creator

Author: Jake Taber

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2017
B.A., cum laude, Tufts University

As a member of the Creative Team for the Public Interest Network, Jake writes and designs materials for Environment America and its network of state-based organizations. Jake got his start with Environment America's program team as a Clean Energy Associate, where he worked with students to organize campaigns for 100 percent renewable energy at dozens of campuses across the country, and helped win commitments from Boston University and Vanderbilt University. Jake lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he enjoys cooking, reading and attempting to learn woodworking.