Walmart Mexico Inaugurates Largest Sun-Operated Photovoltaic Installation in Latin America

  • 1,056 solar panels were installed on the roof of Bodega Aurrera Aguascalientes
  • 140 tons of CO2 emissions will be eliminated
  • Solar panels will generate 20% of the store’s energy requirements for a full year

Aguascalientes, Ags., January 19, 2009.- Walmart Mexico successfully concluded the installation of a photovoltaic complex that will generate 20% of the energy used by Bodega Aurrera Aguascalientes. Over 1,056 solar panels that were set up on the roof of the store will transform sun energy into electricity. The project, with 174 kW installed, is the largest photovoltaic complex in Latin America, according to ANES (the Mexican Solar Energy Association), and will eliminate the emission of some 140 tons of CO2.. ANES gave an award to Walmart Mexico as recognition for this project.

“This is the first large-scale project to generate energy using photovoltaic panels, not only for Walmart Mexico, but for Walmart International. This puts Mexico at the head of the energy field. The project reinforces our commitment to obtain all the energy the company requires from renewable sources by 2025”, said Raul Arguelles, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and People Division at Walmart Mexico.

The 1,056 solar or photovoltaic panels were installed in 2,173.5 square meters, the equivalent of half the roof of Bodega Aurrera Convencion in Aguascalientes.

Gustavo Tellez Giron, CEO for Water Capital, a company with whom Walmart Mexico worked to install the photovoltaic complex said, “this is a one-of-a-kind project, and its success will allow this technology to be used in many similar situations. The project will result in significant energy savings and environmental benefits. We are pleased to work with Walmart Mexico and show the advantages of this type of energy for Mexico.

“Today the use of solar energy is the most important potential resource to provide energy in the long run. The sun is the Earth’s largest energy source. According to estimates, a single hour of solar radiation would be enough to cover the world’s annual energy needs. However, this huge potential is untapped and represents a great opportunity to generate energy without a negative impact on the environment through the use of solar panels, which are devices that turn solar energy into electricity,” explained Federico Llamas, Director of the Environment University.

In 2005, Walmart Mexico committed to the following sustainability efforts:

  • 100% renewable energy sources by 2025
  • Zero water discharges by 2025
  • 25% increase in eco-friendly item catalog by 2012
  • Zero wastes by 2025

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Walmart de México S. A. de C.V. (BMV: WALMEX) es una empresa dedicada al sector comercio que tiene como visión contribuir a mejorar la calidad de vida de las familias mexicanas. Cuenta con una amplia variedad de formatos, que incluye tiendas de autoservicio (Bodega Aurrerá, Walmart Supercenter y Superama), clubes de precios con membresías (Sam´s Club), tiendas de ropa (Suburbia) y restaurantes (Vips, El Portón y Ragazzi), que al 03 de diciembre suman 1,178 unidades. En 2008 Walmart de México fue reconocida por octava ocasión consecutiva como Empresa Socialmente Responsable.http://www.walmartmexico.com.mx/saladeprensa.html

Water Capital S.A. de C.V. es una empresa con una trayectoria de más de 10 años en el mercado de financiamiento de activos y de prestación de servicios ambientales. Se especializa en ofrecer soluciones eficientes para activos relacionados con la generación o cogeneración de energía eléctrica, tratamiento de agua y procesamiento de residuos entre otros. La empresa surgió ante la creciente demanda por financiamiento especializado para el sector ambiental en México, Estados Unidos y América Latina. Actualmente atiende a más de 300 empresas en las ubicaciones antes mencionadas, a través de sus múltiples proveedores asociados.