Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bakery Offsets Power Needs 40 with Solar

Petaluma, California’s Alvarado Street Bakery recently switched on a solar power system that it expects to offset nearly 40 percent of its power needs.

Some 1,722 solar panels were installed on the company’s 1.5-acre roof last month by Stellar Energy.

“All basic components of the system are made or assembled here in America, providing green jobs at a crucial moment in this economy,” said Matt Lugar, vice president of sales for Stellar, in a press release. “Stellar Energy applauds Alvarado Street Bakery’s leadership in deploying this exciting solar project, one of the first in the bakery industry.”

“We will be reducing our carbon footprint by saving energy and cutting down on fossil fuels used to generate electricity,” added Joseph Tuck, CEO of Alvarado Street Bakery.

Stellar Energy is a Rohnert Park-based company that has installed solar panels for a range of government, educational, and commercial customers. Alvarado Street Bakery is a worker-owned cooperative that produces organic, whole grain bread. Their partnership was announced in October and the solar panel system became operational on Nov. 15.


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