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Why Target and Amazon like onsite solar power

Target, Amazon, Apple and other corporations are installing more solar panels onsite than ever to save money on their power bills and meet their sustainability goals.

Large U.S. corporations installed megawatts of solar panels in , up 2 percent from , according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Target completed more than 43 megawatts of solar-panel installations last year, by far the most that any other company installed in The giant retailer has panels installed at locations and aims to install panels at 75 more, to reach its goal of generating solar power at buildings by

Target stores that have panels use the power they generate for between 15 percent and 30 percent of the electricity the stores consume, said Target spokesman Lee Henderson.

"It saves us money, it saves us energy and it does good by the local communities," he said. "We’re really focused on the planet and wanting to do things today that will ensure that we’re around tomorrow, for the business and for the planet."

The Minneapolis-based company also has installed electric storage batteries, along with solar panels, at six of its seven stores in Hawaii: in Honolulu; Kailua; Kahului; Kapolei; Hilo; and Kailua Kona.

Amazon, which ranked third for corporate solar installations, added megawatts of on-site solar in , toward its goal to install at least 50 solar systems on the rooftops of the company’s fulfillment and sortation centers by

Power generation from U.S. non-utility small-scale solar installations, as a group, jumped more than 30 percent this year through February, to more than 3, gigawatt-hours, compared to a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

More companies are installing batteries and panels together, particularly in California and Hawaii, as a way to save on their power bills and respond to local regulations.

"Storage has become a necessity in Hawaii," said Nam Nguyen, executive vice president of commercial solar at SunPower, which installed a kilowatt solar system and a kilowatt pack of batteries at Target’s store in Kona, on Hawaii’s Big Island, among other projects.

During hours of the day when the panels are producing more power than the property owner can use, the power is used to charge up the batteries. Later in the afternoon, when the sun goes down, the power stored in the batteries can be used to power the building, which means using less utility power and reducing the impact of high electricity prices and demand fees, Nguyen said.

Commercial utility customers in Hawaii pay 29 cents a kilowatt-hour for power, on average, according to the Energy Department. That compares to the U.S. average of less than 11 cents a kilowatt-hour.

In Hawaii, state rules prohibit many new rooftop solar generators from sending power to the local utility grid. Instead, new residential and commercial solar projects must "self-supply," or use the electricity on-site that their panels generate. 

In California, new utility time-of-use rates and rising demand fees that kick in during mid-afternoon and early evening hours provide an incentive for enterprising businesses to find a way to cut their use of utility power from the grid during those times.

At the same time, solar providers increasingly offer financing to commercial customers to install solar-plus-storage systems. Rather than having to pay upfront for a solar project that may seem risky to own, a commercial property owner can sign a contract to make monthly payments to the solar and storage provider that are less than what they were paying their utility before the system was installed.

More than half of the commercial solar-panel and solar-plus-storage systems installed in were financed and owned by third parties, while the rest were owned by the property owners, according to an April report by GTM Research.

The price of a commercial solar system was about $ a watt, or $, for a kilowatt installation, on average, as of the end of , slightly below the average price a year earlier, according to a March report by SEIA and GTM Research.

U.S. developers installed more than 2, megawatts of commercial and other non-residential solar projects in , up 28 percent from the previous year, according to the report.

Going forward, new solar installations are widely expected to grow at a much slower pace than in previous years, due to tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed in January on imported solar panels and cells, the devices inside the panels that convert sunlight into electricity. The tariffs start at 30 percent this year, and decline by 5 percent a year, to 15 percent in

More than companies have pledged to go percent renewable, as part of their sustainability goals, according to RE, and those companies widely are expected to continue to buy solar and other renewable power, regardless of market changes.

Apple, for example, installed 17 megawatts of solar panels on the roof of its new campus in Cupertino, California, earning the company a spot in the top five corporate solar panel installations last year.

The tech giant has reached its percent renewable energy goal of buying enough renewable energy each year, through power purchase agreements and other means, to match the amount of electricity that its data centers, offices and other operations use. 

Apple has said it plans to continue buying renewables, as it expands, and is encouraging its suppliers to do the same.


Amazon has announced that it will install solar panels on several of its ubiquitous fulfillment warehouses. The company will install panels on fifteen of fulfillment and sortation centers in the United States this year with plans to to deploy fifty worldwide by

Although solar energy has begun its reign as the world's cheapest energy, none of the warehouses will be fully reliant on solar panels. Amazon, in a press release, estimates that the panels "will generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware, offering up to 80 percent of their annual power needs.

Amazon, which had a revenue of $ billion in , does not offer specifics on how many fulfillment centers it has overall, saying on its website only that it has "more than 70" in the United States. Twenty-three of those came in the second half of last year.

Someday, that expansion soon might move skyward. Late last year, it was discovered that Amazon has taken out patents on warehouses that fly around attached to blimps. Presumably, flying a warehouse above the clouds would make solar energy even more convenient.

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Amazon unveils its largest fulfillment center solar panel installation in Europe

Amazon’s fulfillment center in Tilbury has today unveiled the largest solar roof top installation of any Amazon site in Europe.

The building has 2 million sq. ft. of operating space – equivalent to 28 football pitches – and has been fitted with more than 11, module solar panels which generate the equivalent amount of electricity required to power homes for one year.

Tilbury fulfilment centre in grey and white

Speaking at the fulfillment center in Tilbury, Brittany Stanton, Senior Energy Program Manager, said: “At Amazon, we are putting our scale and our inventive culture to work on sustainability and protecting the environment. We are proud of the fact that Amazon has a goal to power our global infrastructure using % renewable energy, and this solar panel installation is just one of the ways we are working to make our fulfillment center network sustainable.”

Solar panel projects such as these help Amazon drive towards its goal to be powered by % renewable energy by as part of The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net zero carbon across our businesses by

Brittany added: “To achieve per cent renewable energy by we will invest in large on-site solar installations like this one in Tilbury which will help power our fulfillment centers directly, and in large off-site renewable energy, wind and solar projects where the power goes into our local utility grids.”

"We’re investing in sustainability and renewable energy projects of this kind because it’s good for the environment, good for our communities, and good for business. That’s why we co-founded The Climate Pledge in , outlining our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by – ten years in advance of the Paris Climate Agreement."

We’re investing in sustainability and renewable energy projects of this kind because it’s good for the environment, good for our communities, and good for business.

Brittany Stanton, Senior Energy Programme Manager

Amazon’s sustainability projects

Globally, Amazon has more than 90 renewable energy projects including 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and more than 60 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sorting centers around the world.

In July, Amazon announced its partnership with We Mean Business coalition, establishing the largest effort to mobilize the private sector to reach net zero carbon by , to encourage companies to adopt more ambitious carbon emission reduction goals.

Last month, Amazon announced it is adding more than 1, electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its delivery fleet in Europe this year. More than of the vans will be operating in the UK by the end of These electric vehicles will be powered with clean energy. Mercedes-Benz also announced it has joined The Climate Pledge.

Find out more about our commitment to sustainability.


Tesla solar panels caught fire at an Amazon warehouse in

Tesla solar energy systems ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California last June, and the Seattle e-commerce titan confirmed that it has no further plans to buy solar energy systems from Tesla.

The news, first reported by Bloomberg, follows a tumultuous week for Elon Musk's renewable energy and electric vehicle company. On Tuesday, Walmart sued Tesla over solar panels that ignited atop seven of its stores in recent years. Tesla and Walmart have been partners on clean energy initiatives for years; more than Walmart stores have Tesla solar systems installed.

In its complaint, Walmart claimed that: "Tesla routinely deployed individuals to inspect the solar systems who lacked basic solar training and knowledge."

In the suit, they also alleged that Tesla failed to ground its solar and electrical systems properly, and that Tesla-installed solar panels on-site at Walmart stores contained a high number of defects that were visible to the naked eye, and which Tesla should have found and repaired before they led to fires.

However, Walmart and Tesla said in a statement on Thursday that they "look forward to addressing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores, once all parties are certain that all concerns have been addressed."

Amazon confirmed that it only has a small number of solar systems installed by Tesla, and took measures where those systems were installed to protect both its workers and operations.

A Tesla spokesperson said: "All 11 Amazon sites with solar from Tesla are generating energy and are proactively monitored and maintained. Last year, there was an isolated event that occurred in an inverter at one of the Amazon sites. Tesla worked collaboratively with Amazon to root cause the event and remediate. We also performed inspections at the other sites, which confirmed the integrity of the systems. As with all of our commercial solar installations, we continue to proactively monitor the systems to ensure they operate safely and reliably."

The electric vehicle maker is currently facing stockholder litigation over its acquisition of SolarCity for $ billion in Rampant problems with Tesla's solar business could bolster the arguments of stockholders who viewed that as a bad deal.

Gordon L. Johnson, managing director at The Vertical Group and a staunch Tesla bear, said:

"With Boeing, two Max jets went down. Outside of those? There were probably thousands of Max jet flights that took off and landed safely, but the fear of that potential caused Boeing to have to ground all of their jets. In my opinion, these solar rooftop fires create a potentially significant headwind for Tesla, and potentially serious legal liabilities."

His firm estimates that Tesla's liabilities could amount to between $ million and $1 billion, considering the Walmart lawsuit, and other claims and complaints that he expects will arise across Tesla's solar energy business following news of these fires.

Follow @CNBCtech on Twitter for the latest tech industry news.


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Southern Alberta firm signs massive solar power deal with tech giant Amazon

Amazon announced Wednesday it will purchase power from a massive new solar farm in Alberta, marking the e-commerce giant&#;s second renewable energy investment in Canada.

Construction began Wednesday on Travers Solar, a $million, MW project southeast of Calgary, which its developers say will be the largest solar photovoltaic project in Canada and one of the largest in the world.

Privately held Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary says the solar farm will consist of million solar panels and will provide enough electricity to power more than , homes by

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Amazon, which has signed a deal to buy up to MW of electricity from the project, previously announced plans to purchase power from an MW solar farm in southern Alberta as part of its commitment to being fully powered by renewables by

Renewable electricity companies have credited Alberta&#;s unregulated electricity market for a recent boom in solar projects in the province.

Other projects include the MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, which is now owned by French firm EDF EN and Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, and the proposed MW Claresholm Solar project, a joint venture between Capstone Infrastructure and Obton, a Danish investment company.

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