The North Face Completes 1-MW Solar System

The North Face, a supplier of outdoor apparel, has completed construction of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar electricity system at its West Coast distribution center located in Visalia, California.

The system, which will power 25-30 percent of the energy needs of the facility, was designed, engineered and installed by Suntech Energy Solutions (formerly EI Solutions), and is financed, owned and operated by Recurrent Energy. One hundred percent of the electricity will be sold to The North Face under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from Recurrent Energy.

The solar energy system is part of The North Face’s broader climate change strategy complementing its membership with the US Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders program and a separate agreement with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF).

The agreement, to offset 100 percent of the CO2 emissions associated with energy use for The North Face’s North American operations, is through purchase of Green-e Climate-certified carbon offsets from wind energy projects.

“We’re extremely pleased to be announcing the completion of our project today – it’s a perfect example of the emerging opportunity we see in distributed power,” said Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy. “There is a massive need for clean generation located close to where power is actually used, and customers like The North Face are playing a key role in making that vision a reality.”

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