31 Jul Walmart Project to Add Solar at Schools
Walmart has been a corporate leader for several years in the adoption of solar electricity, and the Walmart Foundation has now announced a $1.2 million donation to add solar-electric systems to 20 schools in five states.
The schools taking part in the program, called the National Energy Education Development Project, are in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
“The Walmart Solar School program will help educate the next generation on the opportunities and benefits of using more renewable energy,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “This program aligns perfectly with Walmart’s sustainability commitment to involve our communities and customers in our environmental and social efforts.”
The development project will work with school systems in each participating city to identify the schools that will receive solar modules.
“NEED is honored to partner with the Walmart Foundation to bring teaching and learning opportunities to schools. The solar installations, hands-on energy kits, and inquiry-based curriculum help teachers and students understand the energy we use today and will use in the future while meeting state and local education standards,” said Mary Spruill, executive eirector of the National Energy Education Development Project. “This program is designed to educate and inspire students to learn about energy and to explore the promise and the possibilities in greater use of renewable energy.”
The 20 solar arrays are expected to generate about 150,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and save the schools more than $15,000 in energy costs each year.
Walmart said the project will also help to create and sustain new jobs. All of the modules used will be manufactured in the United States, and the systems will require engineering, design and installation work.