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Corporate Giants Moving Towards Solar

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 No Comments

In the past few years, we have seen a large movement towards solar renewable energy to  power our homes, cars, and business buildings in a clean, sustainable way.

Utilizing the almost unlimited source of solar energy will help us be less reliant on popular fossil fuel resources like crude oil and natural gas. These resources are not unlimited and can cause a negative effect to our environment.

New photovoltaic (solar) capacity (the amount of energy solar panels can absorb and store) jumped 41% last year, compared to 2012. This is a great advancement in solar technology, and because of this, solar energy is now the 2nd largest source electricity, after natural gas.

Corporate giants have caught on to this information, and big brands are now utilizing solar panels on their corporate and retail offices to lower utility bills, use cleaner energy, and also become an ambassador to help lead the whole world into a cleaner, sustainable future.

Wal-Mart has vowed to double the number of solar energy projects at its stores nationwide (including Sam’s Clubs) and distribution centers by 2020.

Walmart Solar
Image by EcoFriend

Apple is pledging to power 100% of its facilities with green energy, and already uses 100% renewable power at its data centers. Their new 2.8 million-square-foot headquarters in Cupertino, California will also feature mammoth-size rooftop solar arrays.

Apple Solar Farm
Image by Techno Buffalo

Google is allowing its audience to participate in the solar movement, by creating a contest with a $1 million prize, to develop the next generation of power inverters to bring solar to more U.S. homes.

Even President Obama is helping increase the awareness of solar energy usage, by installing new solar panels on the White House to boost energy efficiency and renewable power.

Solar White House
Image by InHabitat

Other big brands like Kohls, Staples, and Whole Foods have made commitments to use renewable solar power for their locations.

The thing to take away from the corporate giants making moves towards solar energy, is that they recognize the eventual major shift towards the usage of clean solar power. Corporate giants are demonstrating their commitment to clean sustainable energy, through the incorporation of solar energy in their business models.

They are generating awareness of a new business model for power generation which positively affects their bottom line and showcases the ability of business to become environmentally conscious.

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