Huntington Beach, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] In what is billed as the largest privately owned solar installation in Northern California, Tony’s Fine Foods in West Sacramento, a family-owned business, powers its large frozen and refrigerated food distribution warehouse using a 1.2-megawatt (MW) rooftop and ground-mounted solar electric system.The solar system’s power, which comes from 5,782 Sharp 208 watt solar modules, is expected to generate 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually, accounting for more than 40% of Tony’s Fine Foods energy needs and reducing the company’s electric bills by $22,000 per month. Plus, with a rebate sponsored by PG&E, the initial cost of the system was reduced by half. “Using clean, renewable energy sources is a way of giving back to a community we’ve served since 1934,” said Scott Berger, owner and CFO of Tony’s Fine Foods. “But it’s also a way for us to manage energy costs — ensuring we can successfully serve our customers for years to come.” The solar electric system, which covers an area the size of three football fields, is the result of a collaboration between Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group; Solar Development Inc. (designer and installer); Sun Link (mounting system manufacturer); SatCon (supplier of inverters); and Team Solar (electrical contractor that managed construction). “This landmark solar system is further proof that solar is no longer an alternative — it is a vital part of today’s energy solution,” said Ron Kenedi, vice president, Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group.