Largest customer-owned solar energy system in Arizona
SPG Solar, Inc., The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (PEP), and Salt River Project (SRP) Earthwise Solar announced the largest solar energy initiative in Arizona at the Gatorade manufacturing and distribution facility in Tolleson, Ariz. NFL Star, Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Matt Leinart also joined Arizona government officials and representatives in making the announcement.
The photovoltaic system, which will be installed by SPG Solar on the distribution center roof, is expected to produce more than 760,000 kilowatt hours per year - the equivalent amount needed to power 50 households for a calendar year and will result in an estimated carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction of 491 metric tons a year or 12,000 metric tons over 25 years. The solar panels at the 797,000 square-foot Gatorade distribution center, which houses up to 5.5 million cases at a time, will generate electricity through advanced photovoltaic devices that capture the sun's energy.
Millions of Gatorade bottles are manufactured and warehoused at the Gatorade site, which has already received Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and will soon generate solar energy for the State of Arizona thanks to an incentive from SRP. PepsiCo's Gatorade business has become SRP's largest EarthWise Solar Energy commercial customer with the planned installation of a 500-kilowatt system to provide electricity to the site, which includes a manufacturing and distribution center.
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