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Target added more solar capacity this year than any other U.S. retailer, with a total installed capacity of 147.5 megawatts. Target has grabbed the top spot among American businesses that are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) revealed Target’s ascension to the top of the list in its2016 Solar Means Business report, which found that more American businesses are installing solar than ever before.

“We feel honored to be named the top corporate solar installer in the U.S. by the Solar Energy Industries Association,” says John Leisen, vice president of property management at Target. “At Target, sustainability is a principle that drives the decisions we make across the company – from the products we make to the way we run our business. We’re incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made in improving building efficiencies and reducing environmental impact. Our commitment to installing solar panels on 500 stores and distribution centers by 2020 is evidence of that progress.” Currently, Target said 300 of its stores and distribution centers have solar arrays on their roofs.

SEIA’s interim president Tom Kimbis said, “Investing in solar is a common-sense decision that pays dividends for both the environment and companies’ bottom lines and these leaders deserve a big round of applause. They’re not only helping to create thousands of American jobs in solar, the nearly 2,000 corporate systems highlighted in this report are generating enough clean electricity to offset more than 1.1 million metric tons of harmful carbon emissions a year.”