Wednesday, December 19, 2012
On Dec. 10, Commission Chair Art De La Cruz and County Manager Tom Zdunek celebrated the activation of US Foods' South Valley distribution center's solar power facility project.
Reinforcing its strong commitment to sustainability, US Foods has activated a 430 kilowatt solar power system at its South Valley distribution center. Consisting of 1,772 photovoltaic panels, the rooftop solar array and will provide nearly 25 percent of the facility’s energy needs.
At its peak, the solar array will generate 711,000 kilowatt hours annually - enough electricity to power 71 average New Mexico homes.
"Bernalillo County is committed to creating job opportunities, not just in the South Valley but throughout the region," said Commissioner De La Cruz. "US Foods is an important partner in this effort, and I am pleased to see their commitment to helping the environment by recycling and using alternative power."
“US Foods is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and providing a more sustainable future for our customers and community,” said John Szurek, division president, US Foods, in a prepared statement. “This solar panel system will improve our efficiency and allow us to meet our customers’ needs in a more sustainable way.”
The installation was commemorated by a “Flip the Switch” event at the Albuquerque division.
The solar panel installation is the latest in a series of green initiatives implemented at this location. Prior improvements have included green landscaping and installation high-efficiency lighting throughout the facility.
US Foods is leasing the solar panels from Distributed Sun LLC, an industry leading commercial solar developer. The new solar panel array will offset the equivalent of 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 25 years. In addition to the Bernalillo County location, US Foods has installed solar panels to power distribution centers in Perth Amboy, N.J., La Mirada, Calif., Phoenix and San Francisco.
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