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BP Solar announces completion of solar power pilot project

Three recent projects complete BP Solar’s portion of pilot project portfolio
Frederick, MD, 18 December 2008
Source: BP Solar USA press release

BP Solar today announced the completion of its solar power construction program for Wal-Mart. The company recently completed construction of three sites in California, including the 493.7 kilowatt (kW) solar power system at the Sam’s Club in La Habra, California, as well as systems at Wal-Mart Super Centers in Palm Springs (605.9 kW) and Beaumont (675.2 kW). The three systems totalling over 1.7 MW mark the final installations of BP Solar’s 4.1 MW commitment to Wal-Mart as part of the retailer’s solar pilot project.
“We are very proud to provide seven Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs with clean solar energy,” said Mark Kerstens, vice president of sales and marketing for BP Solar. “These stores are shining examples of how businesses that choose renewable energy reduce their energy costs and can make a difference not only in a single community but in an entire region of the country.”

The 4.1 MW project consists of nearly twenty-four thousand solar panels expected to produce 6.7million kWh of electricity per year. This is estimated to eliminate 4,786 Metric Tons of CO2 per year and is the equivalent of removing 877 cars from the road.

BP Solar’s commercial development team is focused on assisting corporations, to lower their energy costs while lessening the impact of their operations on the environment. The company offers a variety of financing options for its business customers including power purchase agreements, leasing and traditional purchase plans.

Notes to Editors:
The following is a list of operational Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs facilities installed in California with BP Solar modules.
Santa Ana, Wal-Mart 623.7kW
Palm Desert, Sam’s Club 577.3kW
Chino, Wal-Mart 591.6kW
Glendora, Sam’s Club 546kW
Beaumont, Wal-Mart 675.2 kW
Palm Springs, Wal-Mart 605.9 kW
La Habra, Sam’s Club 493.7 kW
Emissions calculations obtained from US EPA Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

About BP Solar:
BP Solar is a global company with about 2000 employees. BP Solar designs, manufactures and markets products which use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for use in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. With over 30 years of experience and installations in most countries, BP Solar is one of the world’s leading solar companies having 228MW manufacturing capacity in 2007. BP Solar has solar cell and module manufacturing plants in: Bangalore, India; Madrid, Spain; and Frederick, MD, USA; and module manufacturing in Xi’an, China. In Frederick it also has casting and wafering facilities. BP Solar annually invests millions in photovoltaic research and development.  BP is one of the world’s largest energy companies, with interests in more than 100 countries and over 96,000 employees.