Big Y Foods

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The Big Y Supermarket in Lee, Massachusetts is the first of four stores in the chain to receive an energy portfolio makeover. A 343 kW solar energy system – funded by a PPA through Smart Energy Capital, owned and operated by Hudson Energy Solar, and installed by RGS Energy in August 2012 – sits atop the western Massachusetts store and generates clean, inexpensive electricity for it. The store’s café features a flat panel monitor that displays the system’s real-time operation data for interested customers to learn how the system above their heads is working.

“For nearly four decades, Big Y has been committed to conserving energy and reducing waste,” noted Gary Kuchyt, manager of Big Y Foods’ energy and sustainability programs. “Preserving resources is important to us as a company – not only is it good business, it’s simply the right thing to do.”

Big Y is already under contract for solar energy installations at three more of their stores for a grand total of 2.7 megawatts, using the same Smart Energy Capital / Hudson Energy Solar / RGS Energy partnership.

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RGS Energy installed over 1,100 pv modules on the store’s roof and on solar awnings along its face. The solar array, visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike, provides 15% of the building’s energy needs.
343 kW
418,683 kWh/year
PV Modules
Canadian Solar 290W (1,078 modules)
SunTech 280W (110 modules)
Lee, MA
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Pounds of CO2
Miles driven
Trees planted
*Calculations based on EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator. System lifetime is assumed to be 25 years.