The Executive Summary from the report:
Business leaders in America’s brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. For the third year in a row, not only are more businesses choosing solar, but those that have used solar in the past are doing so again and again on rooftops across America. Walmart, Kohl’s, Costco, Apple, IKEA and more have all embraced solar energy. Collectively, the 25 companies with the most solar capacity in the U.S. now have 1,110 systems totaling 569 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 115,000 homes.
179 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico live within 20 miles of at least one of the 1,110 commercial solar installations that were analyzed in the Solar Means Business report. Expore photos of the installations at corporate retail sites, factories and data centers
Utilities have taken on the practice of applying standby and fixed cost charges specific to solar PV for customers choosing to go solar as a means to recover costs resulting from net energy metering (NEM).
In its 24th year showing some of the most green solar homes in the DC area, the Tour of Solar and Green Homes takes place October 4-5, with a remarkable variety of solar design, technology and sustainable living concepts illustrated in over 50 homes.
Teaming up with more than 30 leading environmental and energy groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its participation in the National #PutSolarOnIt Day of Action this Saturday.
At the urging of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and other stakeholders, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved a settlement that will reopen the company’s highly popular Colorado small residential and medium-sized Solar*Rewards solar programs until the state’s 2014 Renewable Energy Standard (RES) Compliance Plan is finalized later this year.
WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today signed legislation that removes some restrictions on solar development and prompts utilities to invest in or acquire a certain amount of solar by 2021. In response to the bill becoming law, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement: