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IKEA ranked in the top 25 US commercial solar users

Date
17 October 2013
IKEA ranked in the top 25 US commercial solar users

Clean Revolution Lead Partner, IKEA, has been ranked among the top 25 US commercial solar users, according to the annual Solar Means Business report, released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative.

The Swedish retailer leads the pack with 89 percent of its facilities, across 20 states, powered by solar and is ranked in 5th place in the US for overall installed solar power capacity.

The list of top 25 companies also includes Walmart, Costco, Kohl’s, Apple, Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw Hill, Staples, Campbell’s Soup, U.S. Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kaiser Permanente, Volkswagen, Walgreens, Target, Safeway, FedEx, Intel, L’OREAL, General Motors, Toys “R” Us, White Rose Foods, Toyota, and Dow Jones & Company.

Jim Walker, International Programmes and Strategy Director at The Climate Group, participated in a Google Hangout to discuss the report alongside industry leaders from IKEA, General Motors and Walmart. The full video of the discussion can be viewed online.

The Top 25 companies have installed more than 445 MW of solar PV capacity across the US, compared to 300 MW last year. According to the report, America’s commercial solar leader this year is Walmart with 89 MW of solar capacity. Ranked next are Costco with 47 MW, Kohl’s with 44 MW, Apple is in fourth place with 40 MW and IKEA has 35 MW solar installed.

Adam Browning, Executive Director of Vote Solar, said: "For years, the promise of solar was always 'just around the corner.' Well, solar has turned the corner, and found itself on Main Street, USA. These companies – titans of American business – may have vastly different products, business models, and geographic locations, but they all have something in common: they know a good deal when they see one, and they are going solar in a big way,"

President of IKEA US, Mike Ward, also welcomed the results: “We are pleased with the progress we have made towards installing solar panels atop nearly 90 percent of our U.S. locations. We appreciate the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Vote Solar Initiative for acknowledging our commitment to sustainability as represented by our investment in solar photovoltaic technology. We are honored to be recognized for helping contribute to the development, expansion and promotion of the U.S. solar industry as we work toward our goal of using 100 percent renewable energy in our operations.”

This edition of the Solar Means Business report is based on a study of Fortune 100 companies and a number of additional businesses with significant solar portfolios.

By Maria Mateeva.

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