Business Journal: Local Company Goes Solar

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Tony’s Fine Foods started in 1932 … and has grown to revenues of $200 million annually. The family owned company ships meats, cheeses, salads and more from its refrigerated warehouse. But their annual electric bill has soared in the last five years, to $612,000.

So the company’s putting solar panels on 140,000 square feet atop its warehouse by February. It’ll cost $7 million. A PG&E rebate, tax credits and other savings will defray most of the costs. Meanwhile, the distributor will save 40% on its electricity bill.

Their solar array will generate 1 megawatt of energy … eclipsing a Fed Ex warehouse in Oakland as the state’s biggest solar application by a business.