For the second year in a row, Walmart took the top spot as the most solar brand in the United States as part of the annual Solar Means Business report released by The Solar Energy Industries Association and The Vote Solar Initiative. The report ranks the U.S. businesses that are the leading corporate solar users, and in total, Walmart has almost double the solar capacity of any other company.
The top 25 solar brands, according to the Solar Means Business report, come from a variety of industries. Each company has prioritized sustainability initiatives and together, they’ve rolled out more than 445 MW of solar energy at nearly 1,000 facilities across the United States. According to the report, the top 25 companies combined produce enough power on their own to power 73,400 American homes.
The top 25 solar brands in the United States in 2013 (based on “installed capacity”) are:
- Johnson & Johnson
- McGraw Hill
- Campbell’s Soup
- U.S. Foods
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Kaiser Permanente
- General Motors
- Toys “r” Us
- White Rose Foods
- Dow Jones & Company
Individually, these companies have shown their commitment to sustainability and solar energy isn’t just corporate rhetoric. Companies like IKEA and Walmart have been promoting their corporate goals to switch to 100% renewable energy in their operations for years, and the data in the infographic below shows you just how much these companies are actually doing to make those goals a reality.
Corporate sustainability initiatives are not only important for the world but brands can also use them as powerful marketing tools. In a press release from SEIA, Rhone Resch, SEIA President and CEO, identified several key benefits to going solar for companies and brands:
- Decrease reliance on outside energy sources
- Create jobs
- Boost the economy
- Improve the environment
- Reduce operating expenses
Each of the benefits listed above are good for companies and consumers and can easily be turned into effective brand messages. More and more companies are launching sustainability programs, including solar energy strategies, every day. It’s only a matter of time until consumers expect companies to actively support full-scale sustainability programs. At that point, initiatives like the implementation of solar energy in daily operations won’t be as much brand differentiators as they’ll be brand necessities.
Until that time, promote your company’s sustainability initiatives to ensure consumers know that you’re actively making a difference in their communities. They’ll reward you for it by talking about your programs, company, and brands, and ultimately, they’ll start purchasing from you.
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