A new report shows the biggest companies in the United States are installing solar at an ever-increasing rate. This is huge news for the industry because, as more well-known businesses install solar, consumers are sure to follow.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) today released the annual Solar Means Business report, identifying major commercial solar projects and ranking America’s top corporate solar users.
The report found that Walmart remains America’s commercial solar leader with 89 megawatts (MW) at 215 locations. The Top 25 companies, ranked by 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.
Combined, these Top 25 companies have deployed 400 megawatts of solar capacity, a 33 percent increase from one year ago.
Solar Means Business also ranks the Top 25 companies by number of solar energy systems, the Top 5 companies in the food services, health and beauty and automobile sectors and the Top 10 retail companies.
Like these companies, America Supports Solar. From coast to coast, solar is creating jobs, saving money and decreasing our reliance on outside energy sources. In total, the companies analyzed for this report have deployed systems in 30 states and Puerto Rico.
Solar growth among these leading businesses reflects the growth in the U.S. commercial solar sector as a whole. As of Q2 2013, the cumulative commercial solar deployment totaled 3,380 MW and was located at more than 32,800 facilities throughout the country, representing an increase of over 40 percent from last year.
For the full report, got the www.seia.org.