What others are saying:
"We applaud Wal-Mart's drive to increase its use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and look forward to the long-term positive impact their efforts will have on our environment. Wal-Mart's decision to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of solar power and energy efficiency technologies is a great step in the right direction."
"Wal-Mart's action shows that low-carbon technology is increasingly competitive and long-term sustainability is a winning business strategy. Wal-Mart's smart and innovative approach should be used more widely."
"The gloomy economy and falling oil and gas prices have put the damper on plenty of clean-energy projects, such as T. Boone Pickens' big Texas wind farm. But today's storm clouds are just a passing phenomenon, if Wal-Mart's plans are any indication... More than just a public-relations ploy, increasing reliance on renewable energy is a way to hedge exposure to volatility in energy markets (as the city of Houston showed earlier this year). Clean energy may not provide 100 percent of the country's power in coming years, but the more it becomes an argument for companies to take care of their bottom line, the stronger its prospects become. And Wal-Mart's announcement is a reminder that not everybody is tearing up their clean-energy plans for tomorrow based on today's dip in fossil-fuel prices."
"State and local governments spend more than $11 billion on energy every year and those costs are growing rapidly. States need to lead by example and the NGA is excited to partner with Wal-Mart and use its expertise to improve energy efficiency and save money at state capitol buildings across the nation."