Walmart, Apple, GM, Dow Jones in the List of Top American Solar Users: SEIA Report

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) – Solar Means Business has ranked top American corporate solar users. The annual report of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), prepared in association with the Vote Solar Initiative, has also identified leading commercial solar projects in the U.S., indicating the scale of solar energy investments that major US companies are making. The combined installed solar capacity of the top 25 companies in the list is up by 48 percent over previous year.

Walmart has topped the list of commercial solar users with an installed solar power capacity of 89MW distributed across 215 locations. The top 25 companies in the list according installed capacity are Walmart, Costco, Kohl’s, Apple, IKEA, Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw Hill, Staples, Campbell’s Soup, U.S. Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kaiser Permanente, Volkswagen, Walgreens, Target, Safeway, FedEx, Intel, L’OREAL, General Motors, Toys “R” Us, White Rose Foods, Toyota, and Dow Jones & Company.

A total of 445MW of solar capacity has been installed by these leading 25 companies altogether. The good news is that this capacity represents a 48 percent increase over last year. SEIA says that the most successful of American businesses are making a move towards clean, affordable solar energy. The topmost brands are showing the way to when it comes to efforts to reduce over-dependence on imported energy sources.

Commercial investments in solar power by these companies are also helping create thousands of new American jobs and supporting the domestic economy in addition to improving the environment. From a business point of view, these solar investments are helping the companies bring down operating costs, which is beneficial to both stakeholders and consumers.

Vote Solar Initiative says that the companies reviewed in the SEIA report are pursuing solar investments in a major way. IKEA has installed solar panels at about 90 percent of its US locations, and is working towards the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in all its operations. Walmart and Kohl’s too, have similar objectives.

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine

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