Wal-Mart Tries Energy Experiment

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

With greater attention paid to the environment, more companies are looking into, or already investing in, renewable energy technology. And the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) helps government and businesses make the right choices.

The NREL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy and that helps organizations find their best options for investing in renewable energy. Together, Frito Lay and NREL studied seven of their plants across the country. They found they could convert existing plants to use renewable energy sources like solar and biofuel. This use of renewable energy will help Frito Lay continue its efforts to minimize its energy consumption and costs.

In partnership with NREL, Wal-Mart opened two experimental stores using renewable electricity and other technologies to maximize energy efficiency. They will compare these experimental facilities with current Wal-Mart Supercenters to evaluate the potential to apply these energy-saving technologies in other stores.

The are setting an example down a path toward making cleaner, renewable energy accessible for all of us. I'm Jill Cordes.


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