Monday, June 24th, 2019 by Nicolas Planchard
SunPower has completed more than 2.6 MW of solar projects at eight Whole Foods Market locations in California and Nevada. These projects are expected to help the natural and organic grocer replace 25% 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-kW/900-kWh 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 kWh of electricity annually.
“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 MW 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.”