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Large Corporations Are Leading America’s Surge in Solar Deployment, Industry Group Reports

America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy…

  • May 13, 2018

America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users.

This year’s report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

“To leading companies across America, deploying solar is a common-sense business decision,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “Large corporations have found that going solar not only benefits the environment, but also their bottom-line, satisfying both shareholders and customers alike.”

Adding more than 40 megawatts (MW) of solar in 2017, more than the annual total in 23 U.S. states, Target earned the top spot in the report for the second year in a row. Target now has 204 MW of installed solar capacity.

“At Target, we’re designing for tomorrow and putting solutions in place across our business to leave our homes better for future families,” said John Leisen, vice president, Property Management, Target. “And we’re proud of the progress our team has made over the past year towards Target’s goal to install rooftop solar panels on 500 buildings by 2020. As we continue our commitment to supporting our local communities, it’s an incredible honor to be recognized by SEIA for the second year in a row.”

Other blue-chip companies recognized for their installed solar capacity in the Solar Means Business 2017 Top 10 include Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Kohl’s, Costco Wholesale, GGP, IKEA, Macy’s and Amazon.

Among several fun facts, the Solar Means Business 2017 report, which is now in its 6th edition, notes that every week 9.6 million people visit a solar-powered Walmart store, more than 19,300 Americans work at a solar-powered Kohl’s, and Apple’s solar facilities produce enough electricity annually to fully charge more than 44 million iPhone’s every day for an entire year.

Find out more at www.seia.org/solarmeansbiz.

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