Affordable Solar recently completed the installation of the 2nd largest rooftop solar system in Utah on Smith’s Food & Drug Stores distribution center in Layton, Utah.

According to the Kroger Co, which owns Smith’s, this 1 megawatt array is projected to save the distribution center approximately $20,000 a month in energy costs.

The rooftop system consists of 4,066 Trina Solar PV modules. Affordable Solar installed the solar panels on 3 acres of roof space in only 6 days. The photovoltaic array, supported by a non-penetrating Unirac RM system, feeds 36 ABB roof-mounted inverters, with a total output capacity of 993.6kWAC.

The array built by Affordable Solar will produce 1.8 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity right at the site and cover 1/3 of the distribution center’s energy usage. Beyond monetary savings, the solar array will offset approximately 1,300 tons of CO2 a year, and 32,000 tons over the life of the system. This clean energy generated is equivalent to the amount needed to power at least 175 homes or to eliminate the carbon emissions generated by 265 average automobiles.

“Smith’s has made great strides in reducing energy usage in our stores over the past few years,” said Jay Cummins, Smith’s president, “And now this investment in solar energy will also reduce our costs and save our customers money”

This is the fourth time Affordable Solar, a New Mexico based company, has designed and installed a solar array for a Smith’s location.

“We were truly excited when Kroger gave us the green light to design and construct the solar project on their Smith’s Layton distribution center,” said Nick Babic, Director of Project Management for Affordable Solar. “Kroger has repeatedly demonstrated their commitment towards incorporating renewable energy into their facilities, and we will continue to work in close collaboration with Kroger’s energy team to develop additional cost-effective solar energy solutions across their portfolio.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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