Sharp Electronics Corp's Solar Energy Solutions Group has provided solar modules for the largest privately owned solar installation in Northern California — at Tony's Fine Foods in West Sacramento.
A family-owned business, Tony's Fine Foods provides frozen and fresh foods to the retail grocery and foodservice industry throughout the West Coast. The 1.2-megawatt rooftop and ground-mounted solar electric system powers the company's large frozen and refrigerated food distribution warehouse in West Sacramento.
Powered by 5,782 Sharp 208-watt solar modules, the system 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. With a rebate sponsored by PG&E, the initial cost of the system was reduced by half.
The solar electric system covers an area the size of three football fields.