American corporations, led by Apple and Amazon, installed 1,280 megawatts of new commercial solar capacity in 2019, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association in a new report.
That is the second largest year on record and a 10% increase from the previous year, Kallanish Energy reports.
In addition, 2019 was the biggest year yet for onsite commercial solar installations with 845 megawatts installed. An additional 441 megawatts were installed at other sites,
The Solar Means Business report tracks more than 8,350 megawatts of commercial solar capacity across more than 38,000 systems in the United States.
Combined, those systems generate enough electricity each year to power 1.6 million homes and offset 8.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The report covers about 70% of U.S. solar installations.
â€śThe worldâ€™s most recognizable brands are walking the walk when it comes to their clean energy commitments,â€ť said Abigail Ross Hopper, chief executive of SEIA, in a statement.
The top two corporate users of solar power are Apple and Amazon, the SEIA said in its annual report.
Apple has 398 megawatts of solar in its portfolio and recently pledged to make its supply chain and products 100% carbon neutral by 2030.
Amazon has 369 megawatts of installed solar.
In third place is Walmart which installed the most solar in 2019 and increased its solar use by 35%. It has 331 megawatts.
Fourth was Target with 284 megawatts with 500 solar projects at its facilities and fifth was Google with 245 megawatts.
Facebook made one of the biggest improvements, jumping from 27th to 9th on the top corporate solar users list. It has about 125 megawatts of installed solar.
The increase is due in part to lower prices for solar energy and the renewable energy/carbon goals of many companies, the SEIA.
The top three states for commercial solar are California, New Jersey and New York. California has 3,190 megawatts of commercial solar.