Costco among top companies using solar

Walmart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale are among the companies with the largest solar footprints.
Cathy Cheney | Portland Business Journal

Walmart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale are among the companies with the largest solar footprints. 

Businesses, particularly large ones, have been some of the biggest adopters of solar in the U.S., and a new study shows just how prodigious some have become.

The Solar Energy Industries Association and the Vote Solar Initiative on Wednesday released a report showing the top 20 solar installers among the business world, and familiar names such as Walmart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale were among the ones with the largest presence.

Costco was No. 2 on the list, with 38,900 kilowatts installed and 62 solar systems.

For a slide show of the top 20, click here.

SEIA sees the adoption of solar by businesses as another step in its acceptance by the mainstream. The association estimates the top 20 businesses will save about $47.3 million in electricity in 2012.

“These companies know that solar energy allows them to reliably manage their long-term energy costs and in turn also helps to keep their customer prices low,” said SEIA CEO Rhone Resch. “Solar helps these top American companies focus on their core business by reducing overhead costs.”

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