The Associated Press May 15, 2012, 1:55PM ET

Wal-Mart to install solar panels in Massachusetts

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is announcing plans to install solar panels at Massachusetts stores in the next two years, making it the largest user of solar power in the state.

Company officials, joined by Rick Sullivan, the state's secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, announced the initiative Tuesday at the Statehouse.

Wal-Mart will partner with Greenskies of Connecticut to install the panels at 27 stores in the state.

According to Wal-Mart officials, the company aims to be completely powered by renewable energy. They estimate the panels will generate between 10-to-15 percent of each store's energy needs.

The company has already begun acting on plans to install solar panels at stores in places like California.


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