SunPower Solar Systems Powered Up at Eight Whole Foods Market Locations Across California and Nevada
Integrated Battery Storage Expected to Significantly Reduce One Store’s Electricity Demand Charges
SAN JOSE : SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) today announced that more than 2.6 megawatts of SunPower® solar projects are installed and operating at eight Whole Foods Market locations across two states, with one site combining an integrated storage system. These projects are expected to help the natural and organic grocer replace 25 percent of traditional grid energy use on average per store.
The California Whole Foods Markets with SunPower solar are in Cupertino, Fremont, Los Altos, Roseville, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa location also has a 483-kilowatt (900-kilowatt hour) Helix® Storage system installed to further decrease demand charges, backed by a SunPower demand savings guarantee. Combined with a solar system operating at a store in Reno, Nevada, these projects are expected to generate more than 3.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide emissions reduced by switching nearly 98,000 incandescent lamps to LEDs according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon footprint calculator.
“We are thrilled to work together with Whole Foods Market as they make critical investments in solar and storage to positively impact their community and the planet,” said Nam Nguyen, SunPower executive vice president, commercial solar. “Like Whole Foods Market, more companies across the U.S. are choosing SunPower’s complete Helix solar and storage solutions to save costs and more efficiently manage their energy use.”
SunPower designed, installed, and is operating the eight solar projects for Whole Foods Market. An additional 2 megawatts are planned across another 11 stores in California, expected to be online in early 2020.
“Since we opened our first store in 1980, Whole Foods Market has been an industry leader in environmental sustainability and energy management,” said Aaron Daly, global director of energy management at Whole Foods Market. “These solar projects from SunPower support our core value of advancing environmental stewardship in the communities where Team Members and customers work and live.”
As the No. 1 commercial solar provider in America, SunPower continues to leverage its market-leading storage experience that enables businesses like Whole Foods Market to maximize their solar investment. After a little more than one year on the market, interest in Helix Storage remains high with a pipeline exceeding 110 megawatts and attach rates of greater than 35 percent. To learn more, visit www.sunpower.com/commercial.
As one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system.
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