The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative have released their annual 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 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, the report says, these top 25 companies have deployed 400 MW of solar capacity – a 33% increase from one year ago.
‘The list of companies moving to clean, affordable solar energy reads like a 'Who's Who' of the most successful corporations in America,’ says SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. ‘These iconic brands are leading the way when it comes to efforts to reduce our nation's dangerous dependence on foreign energy sources. They're also helping to create thousands of American jobs, boost the U.S. economy and improve our environment. At the same time, they're reducing operating expenses, which benefits both their customers and shareholders.’