Solar has seen explosive growth in capacity over the last decade with the implementation of the ITC (federal investment tax credit). It helps making the switch to cleaner energy more affordable for homeowners across the nation. But what about businesses, at every size, that generate significantly more electricity than the average homeowner?

 

As it turns out some of your favorite companies are going green, not only reducing their overall operating expenses but to help to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change.

 

Macy’s

This major department store chain has installed 39 megawatts (MW) to date, and intend to “increase waste diverted from landfills” to 70% by the end of 2018.

 

IKEA

90% of IKEA’s stores are solar-powered. Having installed 263 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind to date, the business has set a goal to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020. What an awesome goal! Now if only the furniture was easier to assemble…

 

Target

With 147 MW installed, Target constructs their buildings with water-saving features.  By 2020, they intend to have solar on 500 of them.

 

Walmart

This retail giant has installed over 309 MW of solar and wind, with 81% of materials passing through its distribution facilities and stores while avoiding landfills.

 

Kohl’s

One of your favorite alternatives to Target has installed a total of 50 megawatts (MW) so far. They already achieved 100% carbon neutrality in 2015 and have solar installed on over 160 of their locations.

 

Apple

Apple’s solar facilities reportedly generate enough clean energy to fully charge over 39 million iPhone every single day for one year. They’ve installed 220 MW of solar and wind to date. Their operations in the US, China and 21 other countries are powered by 100% renewable energy.

 

For beer lovers, several of your favorite brews are now solar-powered – Heineken, MillerCoors, and Sierra Nevada, to name a few. Frito-Lay has also installed solar panels on some of their manufacturing facilities. Now you can feel better about that night cap and your salty snack-attack!