Distributed Sun LLC (D-Sun), a DC-based, commercial solar developer, owner and operator, platform service provider and profitable Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC) manager, announced today it has signed a 20 year solar lease with US Foods and closed financing to build a 430 kW rooftop array at their Albuquerque, New Mexico 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.
“We are excited to share the news of our partnership with US Foods, and applaud their commitment to sustainable energy at bottom-line savings,” says Chase Weir, CEO of Distributed Sun. “Our Distributed Solar Network™ platform has mobilized construction for this inaugural site, and looks forward to serving US Foods’ renewable electricity needs in states nationwide.”
D-Sun’s solar service offerings to US Foods locations represent the potential to offset more than 200 million pounds of CO₂, or the equivalent of removing over 20,000 cars from the road. Solar power from D-Sun 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.