Safeway Turns to the Sun

John Davis

SafewayCalifornia-based grocery store giant Safeway is converting 23 of its stores to run on solar power.

This story on Environment News Service covers the opening of one such store in Dublin, California:

mcnerney1.JPGCalifornia Congressman Jerry McNerney joined Safeway officials on a tour of the Dublin store’s rooftop solar panel array. The unit is currently generating electricity to power the 55,000-square-foot retail facility.

“I applaud Safeway for its commitment to sustainability and for being an environmental leader among California-based companies,” said Congressman McNerney. “Their Dublin solar project stands as a model for other companies to invest in the same renewable energy technology in California and elsewhere.”

The entire Dublin Safeway facility utilizes renewable energy. The store’s on-site retail fuel station already is powered by wind energy.

In fact, two years ago, all of Safeway’s fueling stations made the move to wind power.

The solar power project at the Dublin store is the carbon equivilant of taking 50 cars off the road.