The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Vote Solar Initiative have released a report ranking the top U.S. commercial solar customers by total installed solar capacity in megawatts (MW). In addition to aggregate solar capacity, the report provides information on the number of installations and the number of states in which solar systems are currently operating for each company. The top five U.S. commercial solar customers are Walmart (65 MW), Costco (38.9 MW), Kohl's (36.5 MW), Ikea (21.5 MW), and Macy's (16.1 MW). In addition, General Motors was the top American car company on the list, coming in at number 13 overall, with 5.6 MW from 13 solar systems.
Some commercial customers purchase solar renewable energy certificates (SREC) to meet electrical demand with renewable generation sources, but such transactions are not considered as part of this report's company rankings. Additionally, in the case of the companies discussed in this report, some sell the SRECs generated by the company's solar system to utilities or other buyers, and even those customers who sell the system's SRECs were considered for the purposes of this report's rankings.
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Solar Means Business: Top Commercial Solar Customers in the U.S.