Many retailers today – large and small – are looking for ways to be sustainable, and also do things that make sense for the business. Going Solar has been one of those things that make sense for both goals. With growing frequency, companies from Apple to Walmart have been making this a reality. Below are a few examples of companies who are utilizing renewable energy and paving the road to an energy-efficient world.
IKEA, the largest home furnishing store in the world, is up to 30 solar installations in its stores across the US including Tampa, Florida (July 2012) with the one of the latest in Frisco, Texas (August 2012). The company has made a serious commitment to sustainability and confidence in photovoltaic technology.
IKEA owns and operates each of its solar power systems atop its buildings. Drawing from its Swedish heritage, the company believes that Solar can be a good business while aiming for its operations to minimize impacts on the environment.
Walmart has installed more than 150 solar projects across the US. The company currently has 62 megawatts of solar panels installed, while operating fuel cells and wind turbines at other locations. Walmart has plans to have 1,000 solar-powered locations by 2020.
By the end of 2012, Apple will meet the energy needs of their Maiden, North Carolina datacenter by generating onsite renewable energy. They are building two solar array installations which use high-efficiency solar cells and an advanced solar tracking system.
Apple plans to buy solar panels from SunPower for the huge solar farm, and the projects should be completed by the end of the 2012.
In 2010, the Macy’s solar installation in Goodyear, AZ claimed the title for the largest single-rooftop system in the US. Most of Macy’s efforts have been focused in California, installing solar panels on 26 stores.