Whether you realize it or not grocery stores consume an immense amount of electricity on a daily basis to keep our foods fresh. A local grocery chain in Lake Ozark MO., Paul’s Supermarket decided to save money and invest in a new 52KW rooftop solar array on their flagship store. Solar Panels Plus (www.Solarpanelsplus.com) designed the system layout & provided the equipment and Miriah Development installed the photovoltaic array. The system consists of (208) Canadian Solar panels, (9) grid tied Solectria inverters, and DPW racking which is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2013.
Paul’s Supermarket plans to install similar photovoltaic systems on their other locations in 2014 and is committed to going green and saving money. “We believe in renewable energy and are glad that we can do our part to help our country meet more of our energy demands,” Tom Burditt of Paul’s Supermarket said in a recent news release. The local utility provider Ameren Missouri offers a net metering program which allows them to purchase the electricity generated by the photovoltaic system and integrate it back into the grid.
Paul’s Supermarket was looking for ways to offsetting its increased utility costs and took a look at investing in solar energy because of the subsidies available, Burditt said. Ameren Missouri has a very good rebate available and the IRS has a 30 percent tax credit available that will allow the systems to be paid for in about four years. Utility costs are going up all over the country as our natural resources are being consumed at an alarming rate. Solar power is more affordable than ever and there has never been a better time to hedge against continued utility rate increase than now!