Whole Foods Distribution Center

Solar Photovoltaic

 

System Size (kW DC): 125.00

 

Expected Annual Electricity Generation (kWh): 118,808

 

Click here to view live energy data from this system!

 

 

Solar Installation Generates More than Food for Thought

This 125-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system is installed on the rooftop of the Whole Foods Market Distribution Center located in Cheshire.  Covering about 10% of the 150,000 square foot roof of the Whole Foods Market building – or about half the size of a football field – this solar PV installation was the largest in the State of Connecticut at the time it was installed.

 

When the system is operating at its peak capacity, it will generate enough power to light over 1,800 light bulbs, and over the course of one year, the system will provide enough energy to keep each of those light bulbs lit for 1,332 hours, or about 55 days around the clock.

 


The Whole Foods Market project was launched through the combined effort of three partners, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, SunEdison and Whole Foods.  SunEdison, a national solar electricity provider, will own the equipment for at least ten years and sell “clean power” to Whole Foods during that time period.

 

Whole Foods Market is serving as a local clean energy advocate, having made the commitment to purchase all the “green” electricity from SunEdison to fulfill a portion of its energy needs. It has also committed to work with local Connecticut middle and high schools to educate students about solar energy systems and their benefits.  Students will be invited to visit the Whole Foods Market site, where they can view the rooftop solar panels and operate a kiosk that will display system data, like energy output.    

 

Environmental Benefits

 

Annual Emissions Avoided (lbs.) *

 

CO2 CO NOX SO2
 131,876  104  68  251

 

 

The energy produced by this system is equivalent to:

 

The needs
of 14 homes

Removing the
emissions for 11 cars

Planting 22 acres of trees

 

 

Additional Information

Whole Foods Distribution Center 

400 East Johnson Avenue

Cheshire, CT 06410

 

Kathy Loftus

617-492-5500

kathy.loftus@wholefoods.com

 

 

Are tours of this facility available? No

 

System installed by:

 

SunEdison

www.sunedison.com

 

 

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* Learn about how we calculate avoided emissions here