US Foods Partners with Solar Power Company
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 2, 2012/PRNewswire via COMTEX) -- Distributed Sun LLC (D-SUN), a Washington, D.C.-based commercial solar power company and Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC) manager, has signed a 20-year solar lease with US Foods and closed financing to build a 430 kW rooftop array at US Foods’ Albuquerque distribution center. The solar facility will be owned and operated by Distributed Sun's Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC), sunTHREE. Additional deployments of megawatt-scale arrays at US Foods distribution facilities in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southwest are under final planning and approval for 2012 and 2013 completions.
Distributed Sun says its solar platforms represent the potential to offset more than 200 million pounds of CO2 at US Foods, or the equivalent of removing over 20,000 cars from the road. Solar power costs less per kilowatt hour generated than the electricity US Foods buys from the grid, and under contract terms that guarantee price certainty for 20 years, with savings projected to grow significantly over the useful lifetimes of the installed solar facilities.