Whole Foods Market

System Size (kW): 121

Savings: This system generates approximately 137,500 kilowatt hours of clean electricity per year and supplies 10% of the facility’s total energy needs.

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Solar Installation Generates More than Food for Thought


This 121-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system installed on the rooftop of the Whole Foods Market Distribution Center located in Cheshire, Connecticut.  Covering is 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.  Additionally, the clean energy that the system is expected to deliver will enable the avoidance of 65 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The Whole Foods Market project was launched through the combined effort of three partners.  The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund provided a project grant of $516,223 to support over half of the project’s cost.  The remaining system and project management costs were absorbed by SunEdison, a national solar electricity provider, which 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 power 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.

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Whole Foods Market Distribution Center
400 East Johnson Avenue
Cheshire, CT 06410
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