Solar Means Business

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To learn more about commercial users of solar energy, see Solar Means Business 2015.

More of America's businesses are choosing to install solar than ever before. Walmart once again took the top spot among America's businesses in the electric generation capacity of its solar investments and number of solar projects. The big box retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., boasts a robust 142 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and has completed 348 installations.

Many more of the country's most recognizable and best-run companies continue to expand their use of solar energy. IKEA and Costco are powering stores with solar. FedEx distribution centers are powered by solar. Apple and Verizon data centers are powered by solar. The headquarters and offices of Mortenson Construction, L'Oreal, the Better Business Bureau and Forever 21 also rely on solar. Auto manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen use solar energy, and so do manufacturers such as Owens Corning, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson. Across industries, America's business leaders are choosing solar to cut costs, help their bottom line and plan for the future.

While this report highlights the ever-expanding list of companies choosing to go solar, it also calls attention to the many ways in which America's companies are choosing to use solar to meet their business goals. While solar has long been viewed as an environmentally responsible energy choice, businesses now deploy solar because it is a smart fiscal choice as well. In doing so, these companies have proven the viability of solar technology, showing that it is ready now to provide low-cost power generation on an increasingly large scale. With the right policies in place, solar will continue to play a crucial role in moving America's economy forward.

Some comapany facilities that have gone solar could not be mapped due to incomplete or inadequate (i.e. PO Box) address data. In some cases, the location of a pin on the map references the postal address and not the precise coordinates of the solar array. Images of the solar array may not appear for several reasons and the most common is that the satellite imagery for that location is out of date.

Company solar system size data was obtained from outreach to Fortune 100 companies as well as publically available data.

Developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association

Last updated: November 2015

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Last updated: Sept 2014
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