Leading U.S. Companies Embracing Solar Energy: Latest Trends & Insights

Sabrina Lopez
October 16, 2013
2 min read

[Originally published on October 16, 2013, | Updated on January 24, 2024 - 1 min read]

Leading U.S. Companies Embracing Solar Energy: Latest Trends & Insights

The landscape of commercial solar energy in the United States has seen remarkable growth, with major companies investing heavily in solar power. Here's an updated look at the top U.S. companies making significant strides in solar energy adoption:

  1. Walmart: Walmart continues to lead in solar energy capacity, expanding its commitment to renewable energy. Its large-scale installations across numerous stores significantly contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

  2. Costco: Known for its vast warehouse stores, Costco has also invested in large solar arrays, showcasing its dedication to sustainable practices.

  3. Kohl's: Kohl's has consistently expanded its solar initiatives, installing solar panels in many retail locations and emphasizing its commitment to green energy.

  4. Apple: Apple's commitment to sustainability is evident in its extensive use of solar energy in data centers and corporate facilities, aligning with its goal to become carbon neutral across its entire business.

  5. IKEA: IKEA's investment in solar energy is part of its broader sustainability strategy. The company has installed solar panels on many store rooftops and warehouses.

Additionally, these companies excel in other areas of solar deployment:

  • By Percentage of Facilities Utilizing Solar: IKEA leads with a significant portion of its facilities powered by solar, followed by Bloomberg, General Motors, REI, and Johnson & Johnson.

  • By Number of States with Solar Installations: IKEA's solar presence spans numerous states, followed by Kohl's, Walmart, REI, and Walgreens.

  • By Total Number of Solar Installs: Walmart tops the list with the highest number of solar installations, with Walgreens, Kohl's, Costco, and Macy's also making substantial investments.

This trend among leading companies reflects a growing recognition of solar energy's environmental and economic benefits.

For the latest information and detailed insights into how top U.S. companies adopt solar energy, visit the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for comprehensive industry reports and data.


These pioneering efforts by major U.S. companies underscore their commitment to sustainable practices and pave the way for more businesses to embrace solar energy in the future.