Those bastions of modern consumerism, big box retailers, continue their gradual march toward green, as the latest announcement from Sam's Club points out.
The colossal company already offers solar pool heaters on its website, and Sam's Club is now poised to market solar panels at nine Southern California Clubs: Corona, Murrieta, Glendora, Ontario, La Habra, Chino, Long Beach, Fountain Valley and Torrance. As Environmental Leader points out, at these locations so-called Home Efficiency Centers have been created to showcase green products and appliances.
Consumers can expect to see kiosks in participating stores that tout the benefits of solar energy. The company is working with Borrego Solar Systems and BP Solar, and buyers can expect to save in the neighborhood of $500. Sam's Club is also ramping up offerings of Energy Star appliances, low-flow fixtures, CFLs, LEDs and other green building products.
The news from Sam's Club echoes recent repots that IKEA is investing $77 million into its GreenTech energy fund, with the goal of producing and selling solar panels, efficiency meters, and energy efficient lighting.
It's big news that such mainstream icons as Sam's Club and IKEA are making forays into home renewable energy. In order to make a real dent in our current energy crisis and pave the way for a cleaner future, we need alternative technologies to graduate beyond niche catalogs to stores across the Heartland.
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