SunPower energizes Sam's Club store

A customer shops in the food section at a Sam's Club store in Bentonville, Arkansas May 31, 2007. Wal-Mart and SunPower Corp said on Monday that they have completed a 390-kilowatt solar power system installation at the retailer's Sam's Club warehouse store in Chino. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

NEW YORK (Reuters) - SunPower Corp has completed the installation of a 390-kilowatt solar power system at one of Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s Sam’s Club warehouse stores in California, the companies said on Monday.

The warehouse club is the first of seven Wal-Mart facilities in California that will receive SunPower’s solar power systems.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is working toward the goal of one day being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.

To meet that goal, it said last year it would work with BP Solar, SunEdison LLC, and PowerLight to install solar power systems at 22 combined Wal-Mart stores, Sam’s Clubs and a distribution center in Hawaii and California.

The locations are expected to save on their utility bills as soon as the first day the new solar systems begin to operate, Wal-Mart said.

Reporting by Nicole Maestri, editing by Gerald E. McCormick/Jeffrey Benkoe