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.