By  on May 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Apple, Yahoo and Home Depot are among 300 businesses, local and state governments that have pledged to expand their use of solar energy technology by 2020, President Obama said Friday while standing inside a Wal-Mart store in Northern California.

Obama revealed their pledge as he touted Wal-Mart’s new commitment to double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers as part of a broader announcement he made to upgrade energy use in federal buildings. Obama made the visit to the solar-powered Wal-Mart store in Mountain View, Calif., to unveil a new executive order generating an additional $2 billion in federal funding to increase the use of solar panels in federal buildings over the next three years, in addition to an earlier commitment of $2 billion in 2011.

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