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  07:16:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 279 words  
Categories: Utilities, Commercial Solar, Ranting

Dinosaurs - Take Two

There are two competing memes traversing the world of distributed energy generation - the “net metering is unfair” meme (only heard from utilities and their lackeys) and the “utilities are dinosaurs” meme (originally only touted by pro-renewable evangelists like, well, yours truly).

Walmart logo

Far too early to see which meme will win out in the end, but the dinosaurs meme just got a major boost from an unlikely source - Walmart.

Hat tip to our friends over at Climate Crocks for flagging the story about Walmart putting real teeth into its previously stated commitment to generate 100% of its energy from renewable sources.  According to Walmart CEO Mike Duke:

More than ever, we know that our goal to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy is the right goal and that marrying up renewables with energy efficiency is especially powerful… The math adds up pretty quickly — when we use less energy, that’s less energy we have to buy, and that means less waste and more savings. These new commitments will make us a stronger business, and they’re great for our communities and the environment.

The math adds up pretty quickly for the utilities as well.  Given the size of Walmart’s operations - more than 10,000 stores in more than 20 countries - this is a big deal.  Indeed, Walmart is promising to increases its renewable energy production six-fold over the remainder of this decade - and it already produces enough renewable energy in the U.S. to power 78,000 homes!

No doubt the utilities will decry Walmart’s commitment as “unfair."  But when they do, their bellowing is likely to be heard as the dying sound of the last dinosaur, slipping into the swamp of a business model that has no future.

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  11:30:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 274 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, SEIA, Commercial Solar

Solar Means Business!

We have written before about the types of companies that choose to install solar and we featured the specific strides that IKEA is making toward energy independence. But now comes a report from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar that shows that when it comes to saving money, solar really does mean business!

Top twenty companies for installed solar capacityAs the above chart shows, these twenty companies have installed more than 700 solar power systems with a combined total capacity of 279 MW, or enough to power more than 46,000 typical American households!  Retail giant Walmart leads the way with 65 MW of installed capacity, followed by Costco, Kohl’s, IKEA and Macy’s.

Indeed, the report shows that IKEA has installed solar at 79% of its stores, exceeding by mid-2012 the goal that it had set for 2015!

What is motivating these companies to adopt solar at such an impressive - and accelerating - pace?  Well, it certainly isn’t green-eyed environmentalism nearly as much as it is far-sighted economics.  These companies have figured out that solar power systems are a great money maker - with paybacks occurring in 4-7 years and decades of savings thereafter.

The good news is that your company doesn’t have to be a giant in the field to save money like one.  Commercial solar is simply the smartest investment any company could make, and when combined with PACE financing (at least here in Los Angeles County) you can have all of the benefits of commercial solar with next to nothing out-of-pocket.

So what are you waiting for?  Give us a call or click on that giant “Go Solar Now” button on the right to get you started on the road to some major savings!


Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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