Walmart, Costco among top solar-using companies
42 companies have installed upwards of 320 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity at more than 750 locations across the US, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association and OilPrice.com. Walmart, Costco and Ikea are among the companies who depend on solar the most.
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Costco, which also is pushing the sale of PV panels for residences, currently has 62 solar systems with a combined capacity of 38,900kW. Costco has solar systems in five US states, but the company is rather quieter than its fellow solar competitors in terms of future plans and end objectives.Skip to next paragraph
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Kohl’s 124 solar systems have a combined capacity of 36,474kW. For three years running, Kohl’s has used 100% renewable energy to meet its electricity needs (of course, much of this is done through the purchase of renewable energy certificates). The company plans to have 200 solar systems on its rooftops by 2015. Since 2011, Kohl’s has seen a 17% increase in its solar systems locations. Kohl’s is boosting its existing solar capacity in the states of California, Connecticut and Maryland and setting its sights on new solar capacity in Massachusetts, New York and Ohio. .
IKEA now boast solar power in almost 80% of its US stores, with a total capacity of 21,495. IKEA has taken the solar generation scene by storm, with its most recent projects unveiled in Florida, Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Unlike Kohl’s, for instance, IKEA isn’t buying renewable energy credits to show the world that it’s 100% green. Currently, the company is finishing up 16 solar projects across America—which will give it more capacity that the largest solar farm in the US.
Walgreens is 10th on this list, but it deserves more attention. Walgreens currently has 8,163kW of capacity, and on average, rooftop solar systems provide up to 20% of power at certain Walgreens stores. The company has installed solar systems at its stores in California, Oregon, Ohio, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ohio is the latest endeavor, with Walgreens launching installation of 90 solar systems throughout the state, with the first half scheduled for completion mid next month. We expect Walgreen’s to find its way further up the rankings the next time around.
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