Walmart Announces Plans for Community Solar Gardens

Mega-chain will power some Minnesota stores with renewable energy.

June 13, 2019

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart has announced that it has reached an agreement with US Solar, a Minnesota-based solar power creator, to generate clean, renewable energy and provide energy savings to Walmart locations in 13 separate Minnesota counties.

The big box giant will subscribe to 36 of US Solar’s community solar gardens located throughout Minnesota, which will provide the power. The first solar gardens are completed, and the remainder are expected to be online by the first half of 2020.

Community solar in Minnesota allows businesses, public entities and residents to subscribe to an offsite solar garden and reduce retail electricity use without having to site solar directly on their property. Subscribers receive energy savings in the form of a credit on their retail electric bill based on the amount of energy produced each month by their subscribed portion of the solar gardens.

“Solar is a vital component of Walmart’s expanding renewable energy portfolio,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy, Walmart. “Walmart plans to tirelessly pursue renewable energy projects that are right for our customers, our business and the environment. This community solar gardens initiative is moving us toward our renewable energy goals.”