New Mexico-based Affordable Solar has completed the installation of a 1 MW solar array for Smith's Food & Drug Stores distribution center in Layton, Utah.
The rooftop system consists of 4,066 Trina Solar photovoltaic modules supported by a non-penetrating Unirac RM system. The array also uses 36 ABB string inverters.
The project is expected to produce approximately 1.8 GWh of electricity per year, which is about one-third of the site's load. According to Kroger Co., which owns Smith's, the array is projected to save the distribution center approximately $20,000 a month in energy costs.
The project is the fourth that Affordable Solar has designed and installed a solar array for a Smith's location.
‘Smith's has made great strides in reducing energy usage in our stores over the past few years,’ says Jay Cummins, Smith's president. ‘And now this investment in solar energy will also reduce our costs and save our customers money.’