Continuing its commitment to sustainability, US Foods recently activated a 905-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system at its Phoenix AZ division. The solar array is the foodservice distributor's third installation, including a panel in San Francisco and La Mirada CA, and one of the largest rooftop installations in Phoenix. It is expected to provide 15 percent of the division's power needs annually.
At its peak, the solar panel array will generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough energy to power approximately 140 homes. The US Foods distribution center in Phoenix, a Certified Green Business facility, marked the event by hosting a celebration for local dignitaries, customers, employees, and suppliers.
"US Foods is committed to reducing its environmental impact and taking steps to safeguard the environment," says Tom Kertis, Phoenix division president, US Foods. "Our new solar panel system will help us meet our goal of conserving resources while continuing to meet our customers' needs."
US Foods is leasing the solar system from Del Solar, a global provider of renewable energy systems. Other sustainable actions taken at the Phoenix Division include installing energy-efficient lighting, implementing recycling, and conducting water and fuel reduction programs.
With nearly 600 employees, the Phoenix Division supplies food and related products to more than 4,000 customers throughout Arizona.
US Foods is the 10th-largest private company in America. It employs about 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide, and provides food and related products to more than 250,000 customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, and government and educational institutions.