“Apple over the next year or so is expected to surpass Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar power,” Lucas Mearian reports for Computerworld
“The company this week announced it will invest $850 million dollars to build a solar power plant through a partnership with First Solar, one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers and provider of utility-scale PV plants,” Mearian reports. “Through a 25-year purchasing agreement, Apple will get 130MW (megawatts, or million watts) from the new plant.”
“The Apple/Solar City project ranks in the top 10 of U.S. PV installations. (In addition to Apple, PG&E will get 150MW from the plant),” Mearian reports. “Walmart has led corporate America in deploying PV panels. Almost all have been rooftop installations at store and corporate office locations. It has held the top spot for solar power capacity use for at least the past three years, according to Ken Johnson, vice president of communications with the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). Apple is now on the cusp of taking that spot, Johnson said, leaping from fourth place behind Walmart, Kohl’s and Costco. (IKEA is fifth.)”
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