Driscoll Foods, one of the largest independent foodservice distributors in the tri-state area for nearly fifty years, has completed construction of a 3.5-megawatt DC rooftop solar photovoltaic system at its headquarters located in Wayne, New Jersey.
Driscoll Foods partnered with Solar Landscape, a leading New Jersey developer, installer, owner, and operator of commercial solar on the project. This is the state’s 3rd largest direct purchase of a rooftop solar array.
“As an environmentally responsible corporation, our conscience guides us to make every effort to protect our environment and our renewable energy efforts support those beliefs,” said Tim Driscoll, owner of Driscoll Foods. “We are proud to be in the company of other like-minded, local businesses working towards the global push for green energy solutions.”
The solar project is comprised of 9,306 solar panels capable of producing more than 4.5 million kilowatt hours annually; enough power to provide electricity to around 550 homes for a year. The system will offset more than 3,000 metric tons of The polluting CO² equivalent emissions each year – the same as removing nearly 700 cars from the road for a year. Solar Landscape developed, designed and constructed the solar array on the company’s state of the art facility opened in 2017. With 64 receiving doors and a refrigerated receiving dock, the warehouse provides more than 500,000 square feet of rooftop space to house the solar array.
“The install of a solar energy system benefits our bottom line, but more importantly, the reduction of carbon emissions will benefit the local community we have been lucky enough to be a part of for almost fifty years.” said Driscoll Foods’ Chief Financial Officer, George Williams. “Teaming up with a local company like Solar Energy who employs local installers was an easy choice. Driscoll’s long-term goals and decision making will always be based on the principles of sustainability and social responsibility.”
About Driscoll Foods
Driscoll Foods started as a family owned business in 1971 and has grown to become one of the largest independent foodservice distributors in the tri-state area. The company recently moved to a state of the art 500,000 square foot facility in Wayne, NJ. With a modern fleet of 130 multi-temperature trucks Driscoll Foods covers the tri-state region, delivering over 12,000 stocked products. Driscoll’s extensive inventory includes fresh meat, poultry, produce, seafood, milk and dairy products, as well as frozen, grocery, beverage, equipment, paper and cleaning supplies.
About Solar Landscape
Solar Landscape is a leading New Jersey developer, designer, installer, owner and operator of community and commercial solar projects. The company has installed more than 100 megawatts of commercial solar energy projects in the Northeast. Solar Landscape offers a Solar Jobs Training Program as part of the company’s commitment to the Board of Public Utilities’ Community Solar pilot program. When completed, Solar Landscape’s portfolio of community solar projects from the first round will deliver more than 24 million kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year and more than 475 million kilowatt hours to New Jersey communities over the next 20 years.