WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Top American corporations are investing big in solar power, adding 325 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity in 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report showed.
- The impact of corporate solar is significant as analyzed in the SEIA 2017 report.
- It can generate enough electricity to supply power to about 402,000 U.S. homes and offset 2.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.
Here are the top 10 companies in the U.S. by their installed capacity of solar power.
1. Target — 203.5 MW
The discount store added more than 40 MW of solar to its portfolio last year, with now more than 200 MW of installed capacity.
2. Walmart — 149.4 MW
The retail company has about 150 MW of solar capacity installed. Looking at the bigger picture, Walmart wants to slash emissions from its value chain by one billion metric tons by 2030.
3. Prologis — 120.7 MW
Prologis, a real estate investment trust company has a little under 121 MW of installed capacity. The company is targeting a 20 percent cut in corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
4. Apple — 79.4 MW
The 2017 SEIA list put tech giant Apple in fourth place. It announced early this year that its global facilities were powered by 100 percent clean energy. CEO Tim Cook described the development as a significant milestone for the business, CNBC reported.
5. Kohl’s — 51.5 MW
The department store retailing chain is not only turning to solar power to reduce its environmental impact. Kohl’s reports that it recycles around 150,000 tons of materials annually, that’s over 80 percent of waste generated.
6. Costco Wholesale — 50.8 MW
Retail company Costco states that at the end of 2017, it was using solar photovoltaic systems at 100 warehouses, from its New York site to Japan
7. General Growth Properties — 50.2 MW
General Growth Properties supports solar power and describes sustainability as “an integral component of GGP’s long-term success.”
8. IKEA — 44.9 MW
The IKEA Group aims to generate as much renewable energy as it consumes in its operations by year 2020. IKEA also states that it wants to source all its wood from more sustainable sources, also by 2020.
9. Macy’s — 38.9 MW
Macy’s has installed almost 40 MW of solar capacity and still wants to increase the amount of its waste diverted from landfills to 70 percent by the end 0f 2018.
10. Amazon.com — 33.6 MW
E-commerce giant Amazon announced last year that its largest wind farm to date, Amazon Wind Farm Texas, was operational. Located in Scurry County, the wind farm has more than 100 turbines and will add one million megawatt hours of clean energy to the grid each year.