Corporate Solar Investments Surge in the US: Report

Apple is now the leading procurer of corporate solar in the US with nearly 400 MW of total installed capacity, according to SEIA’s latest report

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Tech giant, Apple is now the leading procurer of corporate solar in the United States with nearly 400 megawatts (MW) of total installed capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Means Business 2018 report. This report puts the power of corporate commitments to clean energy on display, as the world’s largest and most-recognisable companies turn to solar energy in historic numbers.

This year’s report contains data from both on-site and off-site installations, tracking more than 7,000 MW of installed solar capacity across 35,000 projects, up from 2,500 MW and 7,000 projects in the 2017 report.

Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the SEIA said that the top companies are increasingly investing in clean, reliable solar energy because it makes economic sense.

“During the Solar+ Decade, corporate solar investments will become even more significant as businesses use solar to fight climate change, create jobs and boost local economies. When global brands go solar, the rest of the world takes note, and this report puts the power of corporate solar investment on full display.”

Tech and retail brands like Amazon, Target, Walmart and Google fill out an impressive Top 10.

Corporate Solar USKara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon informed that playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon. “

“Major investments in renewable energy are a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally. We will continue to invest in these projects and look forward to additional investments this year and beyond.”

Considering only on-site solar installations, the top three businesses remain the same as the 2017 report, with Target, Walmart and Prologis leading the way.

“We are honoured to be recognized by SEIA for a 3rd consecutive year for our solar development,” said John Leisen, vice president of property management at Target. “Target is committed to sustainable operations and creating a healthier environment for our team members and guests with renewable energy.”

Falling prices and more flexible financing and procurement structures have led to rapid growth in corporate solar adoption, with more than half of all corporate solar capacity in the U.S. installed since 2016. Today, the 7,000 MW of installed commercial solar generates 10.7 million MWh of electricity annually, enough to power 1.4 million homes.

The report notes that each week 6.6 million people visit a Walmart store with onsite solar, Amazon’s solar installations offset the CO2 equivalent of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries, and Apple’s solar facilities generate enough electricity each year to charge more than 60 billion smartphones.

Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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