With over 65,000 associates and 300 distribution facilities serving 500,000 customer locations, there's no doubt that Sysco has some high energy needs. On June 6th, the company signed a ten-year renewable energy agreement; subsequently, three solar garden sites are being constructed in Texas, which will provide about 10% of Sysco’s U.S. electricity usage.
Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment at Disney Parks, announced in late April Disney's plan to bring a new 50-megawatt solar facility online by the end of the year; which would generate enough renewable clean energy to power two of its four theme parks in Florida.
In a continuation of what is now a growing trend of private sector-involvement, IKEA will soon become the largest non-utility owner of solar power in the state of Ohio. Boasting a potential of 1.21 MW potential from 3,546 PV panels, the Columbus, OH project is the second in the state for the houseware giant; its Cincinnati store was topped with a 1.026 MW array in 2012.
The opening of this year’s Climate Week NYC was punctuated by the arrival of the latest wave of participants in a growing trend: Bank of America, General Motors, Wells Fargo & Co, VF Corp, and Apple joined The Climate Group’s RE100, an international coalition of corporations committed to adopting 100% renewable electricity.