This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.
Coca-Cola is just one of many companies committing to advanced energy goals.
As a growing number of companies turn to advanced energy to meet their electricity needs, corporate procurement has emerged as a significant driver of deployment. After a record year in 2015, when corporate purchasers and other non-utility buyers signed contracts for more than 3.7 GW of solar and wind power – surpassing utility purchases – corporate pro-curement maintained a steady clip in 2016, reaching 2.5 GW by the end of the year. These numbers do not count onsite generation, another important market segment led by companies like Walmart, Apple, and Coca-Cola.