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Albertsons adds solar power to some supers
June 30th, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. – Albertsons, a division of Supervalu Inc., is installing rooftop solar power systems at three of its supermarkets as part of an effort to support clean energy and cut utility costs.
The systems will be added at grocery stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, Calif.
SunEdision, a solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, financed the solar power plants and will monitor and maintain the systems that are expected to produce more than 12 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. Sun Edison said that that is enough energy to power more than 1,100 average U.S. homes for one year.
"We are delighted to align with SunEdison for the activation of these solar sites that required no upfront capital costs for Albertsons," said Rick Crandall, director of environmental stewardship for Albertsons Southern California division "The sites will allow us to continue making progress on our cost-saving measures and to support the use of clean energy as an alternative to the grid."
"Our activation with Supervalu is the latest example of SunEdison's continued commitment to provide solar solutions that require no upfront costs, provide immediate energy savings and offer fully managed solar power services for commercial customers," said Jaime Smith, vice president of North American sales for SunEdison.
Albertsons currently operates 503 Albertsons and Lucky supermarkets in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.