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Which companies are doing the most solar? Costco? REI? Google? Mars?!?

Companies are looking to renewable energy in growing numbers, both for cost-savings in the long term, but also for public relations benefits. Whatever the motivation, these companies are moving markets by creating demand for renewables in their many forms.

The list below is a top 20 of companies that have gone solar. The list contains some of the usual suspects, like CSR champions Google, REI, and CostCo, but also contains quite a few surprises. Check it out and let us know what you think–are there companies here that surprise you? Are there companies that are missing that you thought would be there?


Who’s Going Solar? 20 of the US’ Largest Companies (New List: Top 20 Commercial Solar Users) (via Clean Technica)

  The top commercial solar users in the US have been revealed by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar. They were revealed yesterday at Solar Power International 2012 in Orlando. The companies are simply ranked by ranked by cumulative solar energy capacity. I’m a much bigger…

Written by Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride.


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