The top 10 U.S. companies using solar energy

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Solar means business, now more than ever: The top U.S. companies using solar energy

This holiday season, we wanted to highlight some of the retailers and services that are actively offsetting their carbon footprint by using solar energy and helping to save themselves millions in the process.

U.S. businesses continue to adopt solar at a rapid pace, and it’s becoming clear this trend of companies using solar energy is not just a feel-good move for tree-hugging corporations looking for positive PR. Though they certainly do get good press for going solar, meeting corporate sustainability goals by making the switch to renewable solar energy also helps businesses do their part to help the environment. Plus, it’s proving that going solar can be good for their bottom lines. […]

Interestingly, retail giants have also installed more solar capacity that public utility companies.

The top 10 U.S. companies using solar energy












  1. Walmart once again took the top spot, by a pretty wide margin, boasting a whopping 142 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity across 348 installations.
  2. Target is trailing close behind Walmart in solar production. They’ve added 350 solar arrays to their 1800+ stores across the US, and are on target to hit their goal of 500 arrays by 2020. Knowing Target, they’ll meet and surpass that goal as they are seeing the kind of energy production that offsets about 60 of their stores in Texas alone!
  3. Costco: Currently uses solar photovoltaic systems in 100 warehouses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Puerto Rico, and in Spain, France, the UK, Taiwan and Japan. Some of their locations are using solar power in the parking lots. These systems are projected to generate 81 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.
  4. Kohl’s: With 163 solar arrays, Kohl’s has offset 50 megawatts of traditional electricity across the country and are one of the largest single hosts of solar electricity in North America. Their largest solar panel system in Edgewood, Maryland generates enough energy to supply 317 homes on an annual basis. Kohl’s has the highest percentage of ENERGY STAR certified locations among retailers. Kohl’s currently has 1,000 Energy Star certified stores, representing 87% of total Kohl’s stores.
  5. IKEA: Not one to slouche, IKEA has been committing to become completely energy independent by 2020, and they are getting really close! With 650,000 solar panels as well as wind turbines, IKEA has been dramatically reducing it’s footprint and we look forward to them hitting their 2020 goal!
  6. Macy’s: At the end of 2017, install additional solar power systems on Macy’s, Inc. facilities have reached a total of 102. The company is developing nine additional solar power arrays for installation on the roofs of stores and distribution centers in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2017 which has helped to generate 25.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity.
  7. Bed Bath and Beyond: With an aggregate total of 26.59 mwh, which equates to 26,594,318 kwh BB&B has been actively looking to reduce its carbon footprint since 2010 as a way to defend against rising electricity rates. Along with solar panels on its retail locations, BB&B requires that all vending machines on property be Energy Star compliant, that all lights have been replaced with low wattage LED lights,
  8. Staples: With 527 active U.S. buildings that are ENERGY STAR verified, STAPLES has been taking some major steps to reduce it’s carbon footprint. Staples has 30 facilities hosting a total of 33 solar arrays in the U.S., which generated more than 18 million kWh of clean energy in 2015
  9. Walgreens: Known for their Red Nose day to help end childhood hunger, Walgreens also takes an active roll in clean energy. The company started taking on solar panel projects in 2007, and now has more than 150 active solar installations across the country in California, Illinois, Oregon, Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut.
  10. Safeway: With a goal to reduce it’s emissions 25% by 2020, Safeway Stores have reduced their carbon footptrint dramatically since 2010. Saving themselves 104,847,260 kWh which is enough to power 7,383,609 compact florescent light bulbs for a year!

But it’s not just retailers powering stores.

FedEx powers distribution centers with solar. Apple and Verizon use the power of the sun for their enormous data centers. The headquarters and offices of L’Oreal, the Better Business Bureau and Forever 21 also run on solar. Auto manufacturers, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen rely on solar energy, and so do manufacturers like Owens Corning, Intel and Johnson & Johnson. Across industries, business leaders are choosing solar to cut costs and plan for the future.

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