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    Wal-Mart to Expand California Solar Power Program

    Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said it plans to add solar panels on 10 to 20 additional California facilities within the next 18 months, reported Display and Design Ideas, a sister publication of Progressive Grocer.

    Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said it plans to add solar panels on 10 to 20 additional California facilities within the next 18 months, reported Display and Design Ideas, a sister publication of Progressive Grocer.

    The company said it would continue collaborating with BP Solar, a division of London-based BP PLC, on the project, which adds to the 18 existing solar arrays installed at Wal-Mart facilities in the state.

    Wal-Mart's total solar installations are expected to generate 32 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy per year, avoid producing more than 22,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year and provide 20 percent to 30 percent of each facility's total electric energy needs. Wal-Mart said the projects will create about 130 jobs, including engineering, design and installer technician jobs, adding that fewer workers will be engaged during the periods leading up to and following peak construction.

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