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Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica last week began using wind-powered energy from Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm in the Mexican state of Oaxaca to help power 348 of its self-service stores, pricing clubs and restaurants in Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Morelos.
“The Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm is one of the projects that will enable Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to meet its objective of having 100 percent of its units operate with renewable energy sources by 2025,” said Scot Rank, executive president and CEO of the retailer. “It should be noted that this farm supplies wind energy to more points throughout [Mexico] than any other of its kind, providing great environmental benefits such as reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 137,000 tons, which in turn is tantamount to taking 21,000 vehicles off the roads.”
The wind farm was developed by a supply partnership between Electrica del Valle de Mexico and Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica, with the latter supplying, installing and implementing the project. It has 27 2.5 MW turbines, which are almost double the capacity of typical turbines, and generate a total of 67.5 MW of power.
Energy will be transported through Mexican Electrical System channels; the Energy Ministry and the Federal Electricity Commission were instrumental in the implementation of the project.
The Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm is part of Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica’s commitment to sustainability, which includes generating zero pollutant water discharges by reducing, reusing and recycling waste and packaging, and expanding the assortment of environmentally riendly items.
Mexico City-based Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica operates in six countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. It has a wide array of business formats, including discount stores (Bodega Aurrera Express, Despensas Familiares and Pali); supermarkets (Superama, Paiz, Despensa de Don Juan, La Union y Mas x Menos); warehouses (Bodega Aurrera, Mi Bodega Aurrera and Maxi Bodega); hypermarkets (Walmart, Hiper Paiz and Hipermas); membership pricing clubs (Sam’s Club and ClubCo); apparel stores (Suburbia); and restaurants (Vips, El Porton and Ragazzi), totaling 2,010 units as of April 15. In 2009 Walmart de Mexico reported sales in excess of $2.69 billion pesos.