The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated list of the top 50 organizations in the U.S. that uses renewable energy.
The EPA defines "green power" as renewable energy sources with the highest environmental benefits including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and hydro. The rankings were listed in order of annual green power usage in kilowatt hours (kWh).
The top companies included Intel and Microsoft, who together consume roughly 5 billion kWh annually from green power. Microsoft doubled its green power usage over the past year and now gets 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Kohl's, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Staples, and Lockheed Martin also made the list.
"While some corporations put tangible value on environmental stewardship, and maybe even the PR of recognition for doing so, there's a bigger reason they're embracing renewable energy: it makes financial sense. Their collective commitment recognized by the EPA here demonstrates that renewable energy isn't just responsible to the planet and to each other, it can save money.
Source: Renewable Energy World