Maryland providing affordable, reliable energy for local economies with SolarCity partnership

11 July 2013

NEW YORK: A partnership between SolarCity and Walmart is boosting solar energy generation in the US state of Maryland, giving the green light for local businesses to invest in cost-efficient solar power.

Last week, leading retailer Walmart announced ten big solar installations across its stores in the state, made possible through a partnership with SolarCity.

About 4.1 million kilowatt hours of electric can be generated by the installations, which is enough to power up to 20% of each of the involved stores.

Lyndon Rive, CEO, SolarCIty, said: “Walmart is a leader in clean energy here in Maryland and across the country. Walmart is setting an example for companies in Maryland to follow; it’s possible for many Maryland businesses to pay less for solar power than they currently pay for electricity.”

The partnership and installations add to the already surging solar investments in Maryland, due to the state’s bold clean energy policies. In 2012, Maryland installed 74.3 megawatts of solar energy, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, commented: “In Maryland, we’ve set some of the most ambitious goals in the nation for advancing clean renewable energy and creating green jobs. We’re helping businesses take advantage of solar incentives so they can save money while embracing the job-creating, planet-saving potential of our green economy. I commend the partnership between SolarCity and Walmart as a significant step forward toward a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

The announcement comes days after President Obama’s renewed commitment to clean energy investment.

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group, said: "While we welcome the recent climate and clean energy commitments by Obama, states like Maryland are wasting no time in moving ahead to develop their own competitive advantage in numerous emerging clean tech sectors, creating jobs and providing affordable, reliable energy for local economies.

“Such leadership at the sub-national level and collaboration with top businesses will continue to play its own critical role in the overall US response to climate change and low carbon growth in the years to come."

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