SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced the completion of a 306kW (kilowatt) DC (direct current) solar system for Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York (US).
SunEdison designed the system using an innovative parking canopy structure that collects rainwater while protecting customers from the elements. The two companies have worked together since 2004 and have jointly deployed 1.5MW (megawatts) of solar projects.
The Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly honored Whole Foods Market for their cutting edge use of renewable energy and considerable contributions to protecting the environment. The company is among the top 15 US companies using solar based on number of sites according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Their new store, Third and 3rd, named for its location in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a model of environmental stewardship. The building is designed to be 60% more energy efficient than the average grocery store with more than 25% of site power needs being met by solar energy. The rainwater collected by the parking canopy is fed into a 30,000-gallon underground cistern where it is filtered and used for non-potable purposes throughout the store