Grocery Store Sets California Solar Standard

Woodlands Market, a northern California grocery store in Marin County, threw the switch this weekend on a 100 kW solar photovoltaic system, setting a new standard for environmentally-minded grocery stores in the state.

The new system, installed by SolarCraft Services of Novato, allows Woodlands Market to generate enough electricity each day during peak hours to power 35 average homes. The system is comprised of 746 roof-mounted solar modules. Chris Bunas, Director of Photovoltaic Division for SolarCraft Services said the store is now the largest solar-powered grocery store in the state. The new system will spare the air over 145 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to taking 683 vehicles off our roads. The system will pay for itself in six to seven years and will accrue more than 1.5 million dollars in cost savings over the course of its 40-year life. “The health and well being of our community and co-workers is important to our family and business,” said Don Santa, Owner and C.E.O. of Woodlands Market. “From a business perspective, we must make sound investments and our switch to solar is paying off. It’s the right choice for our family, community and our business.” The Santa family and Woodlands Market employees have invited the public to come to the market and celebrate the switch to solar power on September 6th from 1:00 to 2 pm. Representatives from SolarCraft Services will be available to answer questions about solar electric for homes and businesses or solar thermal heating swimming pools.
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