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Celebrating Clean Energy Powered Businesses in North Carolina

Photos Courtesy of SAS, 5/3 Bank, and Southeastern Wind Coalition

There are over 1,100 business-owned renewable energy projects in North Carolina, including many of our state's largest employers. Companies across our state and nation are making significant investments in clean energy—renewable energy, energy conservation, electric vehicles and energy storage—to help them save money and deliver greater predictability to their energy bills. Since 2008, corporate America has procured more than 35 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy in the United States, which includes 10.6 GW in 2020 alone. To put this total corporate procurement in perspective, this is nearly five times the total amount of renewable energy currently installed in North Carolina.

66 companies in North Carolina have set a goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy.

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30 of North Carolina's largest 50 private employers (60%) have set targets to increase their use of renewable energy, electric vehicles, energy conservation, and/or GHG reductions.

Celebrating Clean Energy Powered Businesses

The map reflects locations of companies that have set 100% renewable energy goals, including their major operations such as headquarters, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers; it does not include several hundred retail-type locations of banks, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, etc.
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"For decades, SAS has combined corporate social responsibility and innovation with our software to address economic, social and environmental issues. While we all are trying to adapt to our new normal during COVID-19, SAS' values still hold true – we treat people like they matter and work together with each other and our customers to make a better, safer world and create a more sustainable future." 
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Co-Founder & CEO, SAS

Dr. Jim Goodnight

With a focus on optimizing sustainability in its own production processes, Novozymes has a global goal of halving its CO2 emissions by 2030, which includes switching to the use of 100% renewable electricity for its operations. “We have ambitious goals, we are proud of our progress, and we hope that our efforts will encourage other companies to do the same. However, as an organization, we can also do more by supporting market-based policies that make it easier for companies to directly source renewable electricity – and together secure more sustainable manufacturing.” 
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President for North America, Novozymes

Brian Brazeau 

"At Walmart, we are focused on reducing emissions in our operations, engaging suppliers to reduce emissions in supply chains, strengthening the resilience of our business and using our voice to advocate for collective action." 
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Becoming the first regional U.S.-based commercial bank to achieve carbon neutrality demonstrates Fifth Third's unequivocal commitment to environmental sustainability leadership in the financial services industry. Achieving and maintaining carbon neutrality ensures that our operations minimize impact to the environment and is beneficial to all of our stakeholders." 
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Chairman, President & CEO of Fifth Third Bank

Greg D. Carmichael

“Fifth Third is making history. They were the first [RE100] member company to contract for 100% solar power and are demonstrating that renewables make business sense. By adding clean power to America’s electricity grid, they’re accelerating a cleaner future for us all – and leading the way for other companies to follow suit.”

Executive Director, North America of The Climate Group

Amy Davidsen

“It is critical that we leverage all parts of our business – beyond our direct operations – in order to accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy. We recognize that this will be no easy task, but we believe our commitment will help spur the growth of zero carbon energy and power solutions, sustainable transportation and agriculture, and other sector transformations, while generating more climate resilient and equitable opportunities for our future.” 
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Vice Chairman, Bank of America

Anne Finucane

At the beginning of the year, we achieved our ambition of sourcing 100% renewable power in our global production when a new solar facility went online powering our entire US operations. In the process, we became the first pharmaceutical company in the renewable power initiative, RE100, to do this. In 2020, the energy consumption for our operations was 3,191,000 GJ, an increase of 7% compared with 2019, primarily due to a new production site in North Carolina. Energy-saving projects implemented in 2020 within production sites are expected to result in annual savings of 94,000 GJ.”  
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“At Target, we’re committed to making our operations even more sustainable to create a better future for our guests, team members and the planet. Ambitious energy goals have helped us accelerate our progress and reach major milestones. And we’ll continue to invest in technologies, partners and resources to help us achieve even more.” 
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VP of Property Management, Target

John Leisen

Learn more about how North Carolina’s economic future continues to be impacted by clean energy