EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market here announced a partnership with REC Solar, San Luis Obispo, Calif., to install roof-mount solar systems on nine Arizona stores.
The combined 410 kilowatts of installed solar systems will produce an estimated 620,000 kilowatt-hours annually, the equivalent of reducing 22 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions — or removing 28 million car-driven miles — over the next 25 years.
Fresh & Easy previously invested in one of California’s largest solar roof installations on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif. The installation, which is more than 500,000 square feet, currently produces about one-fifth of the energy for the entire facility. Fresh & Easy’s website features a live reporting feed from the solar installation at the distribution center, reporting in real time the performance of the panels.
“With the success of our solar panel installation on our distribution center, we’re confident these systems on our stores will help cut down on energy costs even further,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “Through innovations like these, Fresh & Easy has been able to cut back on the amount of energy and water we use, efficiencies that help us keep our prices low for our customers.”