Apple has spent nearly a decade dramatically expanding the use of solar energy across the US, and its efforts have paid off: The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today reports that Apple now has the most installed solar power capacity of any US company, followed by by Amazon, when both companies raised previous industry leaders Target and Walmart. But it's catching.
In the report by Solar Means Business 2017, Apple ranked fourth behind both the best brick-and-mortar dealers and Prologis, an industrial warehouse, while Amazon ranked tithing, under such dealers as Kohls, Costco, Ikea and Macy's. SEIA's recently published 2018 report showed Apple and Amazon, measured by megawatts of installed solar power, with Apple at 393.3MW to Amazon's 329.8MW. The goal jumped from 203.5MW in 201
The main reason for the change: SEIA looked at both on-site and on-site photovoltaic facilities for the first time in 2018, making it possible for companies with large solar energy outside the balance to balance. If only on-site solar installations were measured, Target, Walmart and Prologis would still be US solar capacity leaders, but their total solar usage does not matter.
"Top companies are increasingly investing in clean, reliable solar energy because it is economically feasible," said SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. "During the Solar + year, the company's solar investments will be even more significant as businesses use solar power to Combating Climate Change, Creating Jobs, and Increasing Local Economies. now with enough annual electrical capacity to power 1.4 million homes, or offset 200 million miles of truck deliveries.