"Top 20" Commercial Solar Users in the U.S. Might Surprise You

posted Sep 29, 2012, 12:07 AM by Steven B. Reeves   [ updated Sep 29, 2012, 12:33 AM ]
September 2012, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative (Vote Solar) published a report naming the companies using the most solar on their facilities in the U.S. The "Top 20" (in terms of on-site solar capacity deployed) are:  Walmart (WMT), Costco (COST), Kohl’s Department Stores (KSS), IKEA, Macy’s (M), McGraw-Hill (MHP), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Staples, Inc. (SPLS), Campbell’s Soup (CPB), Walgreens (WAG), Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Toys ‘R’ Us (TOY), General Motors (GM), FedEx (FDX), White Rose Foods, Dow Jones (DJ), Snyder’s of Hanover (LNCE), ProLogis (PLD), Hartz Mountain Industries, and Crayola. See the full report at www.seia.org/SolarTop20. The "Top 20" installations generate a combined estimate of $47.3 million worth of electricity each year.

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Other companies that are significant users of solar include Apple, Bloomberg LP, Del Monte Foods, GE, Google, Intel, JC Penny, Kaiser Permanente, Lackland Storage, Lord & Taylor, L’OREAL USA, MARS SNACKFOOD, US Foods LLC, Stop and Shop, Merck, REI, SAS Institute Inc., and Tiffany & CO. “These companies know that solar energy allows them to reliably manage their long-term energy costs and in turn also helps to keep their customer prices low,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “Solar helps these top American companies focus on their core business by reducing overhead costs.”