Wal-Mart is expecting a bigger demand for solar-based consumer products and is already stocking its solar charger kits for sale next year, according to this press release from Canada-based ICP Solar Technologies, a manufacturer of proprietary solar panels and products.
ICP said an estimated $1m worth of Coleman-branded solar charger kits will be sold next year in Wal-Mart's 21,000 stores across the US. This is double that of their estimated 2008 sales from Wal-Mart.
Here is a sample of ICP's solar products and how they are being used:
ICP seems to be doing well in this market and if fact just announced last week that it is buying Spain-based Ibersolar Energia, a European manufacturer and supplier of solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, and absorption units (see this week's news roundup for more info).