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Ralphs, Food 4 Less To Harness Solar Power From Rooftop Panels

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Ralphs and Food 4 Less, subsidiaries of The Kroger Co., recently announced the installation of a photovoltaic solar power array at the company’s 300,000-square-foot bakery facility in La Habra, California.

The La Habra Bakery rooftop installation features nearly 3,000 solar panels, which can produce enough energy to power 240 homes for a full year. And that’s with an emission reduction equaling 300 cars driven for one year.

“Kroger’s newest solar installation is another responsible choice that supports our sustainability goals,” said Erin Sharp, Kroger’s group VP of manufacturing. “We will continue to explore energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy options that are protective to the Southern California environment and communities we serve across America.”

The La Habra Bakery employs more than 200 associates in a seven-day, 24-hour operation. The bakery produces sliced bread, buns, rolls, donuts and English muffins. Its distribution footprint extends to a combined 303 Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery store locations.

Kroger’s manufacturing team partnered with REC Solar, a non-regulated subsidiary of Duke Energy, on the installation with support from the city of La Habra.

This is the second solar energy project to date for Kroger in the Southern California market, following a 7,000-solar-panel installation last year at the retailer’s 555,000-square-foot automated distribution center in Paramount, California. The installation joins earlier installations completed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Clackamas, Oregon, and the Smith’s Food and Drug distribution center in Layton, Utah.

Kroger also has installed solar power arrays at multiple stores. In 2019, Kroger’s solar and wind installations combined produced more than 12.8 million kWh of renewable power.

Kroger‘s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan aims to end hunger in local communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

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