Metro New York city grocery distributor Krasdale Foods has completed the installation of a 2.7-MW solar rooftop project at its Hunts Point distribution center in the Bronx.
The installation of the community solar project was carried out in partnership with renewable energy infrastructure provider PowerFlex.
The system is estimated to produce 3.4 million kWh of solar energy annually, which is equivalent to fully powering over 300 U.S. homes each year. In terms of carbon emissions, this offset is comparable to the amount sequestered by 2,850 acres of U.S. forests annually, according to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Krasdale notes that Bronx residents can subscribe to the project and get credits on their electricity bills for a portion of the solar energy generated. The initiative is expected to help about 300 residents cut their electric bills.
“For decades, large trucks have regularly driven in and out of the Hunts Point food distribution center — pumping pollution into the air and highlighting the need for clean energy in the area,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Krasdale Foods is stepping up to offset those emissions and power up solar energy in Hunts Point with the Bronx’s largest solar power installation. I want to thank Krasdale Foods and PowerFlex for doing their part in the fight against climate change and for helping to bring sustainable living to our city.”
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PowerFlex received over $1.3 million in support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through its NY-Sun Program, which is aimed at making solar energy more accessible to businesses, families, and communities across the state.
“It’s rewarding to work with Krasdale on this large onsite community solar project that will generate a significant amount of renewable energy and help the company achieve its sustainability goals,” said Raphael Declercq, CEO of PowerFlex. “This community solar system will harness the clean energy of the sun to power Krasdale’s operations, as well as hundreds of families in the Bronx. This notable project demonstrates that, together, we can achieve a cleaner, greener future.”