Case Studies: retail and distribution

 

Costco Wholesale
33 sites | 6 states & Puerto Rico
Over 18 MW total

PROJECT DETAILS

Under the Costco Solar Program, REC Solar is responsible for the turnkey design, engineering, and installation of solar systems placed on 33 Costco warehouses across the US and Puerto Rico. REC Solar has continued to work with Costco under this program since 2008.

IKEA
18 sites | 11 states
Over 17 MW total

PROJECT DETAILS

Beginning in 2010, REC Solar has designed and installed 18 rooftop solar PV systems at IKEA facilities across the United States. This represents over 17 MW, or approximately 50%, of their solar portfolio and will help IKEA achieve their goal to reduce facility carbon emissions. 
 

Fresh and Easy
11 sites | ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA
Over 530 kW total

PROJECT DETAILS

REC Solar was responsible for the turnkey design, engineering, and installation of solar systems placed on the rooftops of 11 Fresh and Easy stores in Arizona and one in Los Angeles, California. All roof equipment and racking was mounted with h standing seam clamp system, eliminating roof penetrations.


CVS/Longs Drug Store
Kauai, Pearl City | HAWAII
205 kW total

PROJECT DETAILS

In 2008, Longs Drug Store, now CVS, procured solar for multiple sites in Hawaii. REC Solar was awarded and has now completed two solar photovoltaic systems on the islands. These projects are part of CVS' plan to integrate solar into their corporate approach toward renewable energy.

Nestle Purina PetCare
Flagstaff | ARIZONA, Denver | COLORADO
524 kW total

PROJECT DETAILS

In November 2008, Nestlé Purina PetCare unveiled what was at that time Colorado's largest, privately-owned solar project at the company’s petfood plant in Denver, totaling 97 kW. REC Solar worked with Nestle Purina to complete a second, larger installation of 427 kW in Flagstaff, AZ which was completed in November 2010.

Costco Wholesale - Kona
Kona | HAWAII
680 kW

PROJECT DETAILS

What better place for Costco to “go solar” than in one of the sunniest spots on earth – Kona, Hawaii. In 2007, REC Solar installed a 680 kW (DC) solar electric system on the Costco Wholesale Corporation’s warehouse in Kona, HI. As with all Costco locations, a web based monitoring system tracks and stores the system's energy output.


Albertsons
3 sites | CALIFORNIA
456 kW total

PROJECT DETAILS

In 2010, REC Solar constructed turn-key systems for three Albertsons facilities including all design and engineering, building permits, installation and system monitoring installation. The projects were funded through a Power Purchase Agreement. Electricity costs from the solar system will be lower than utility costs for the next 20 years. REC Solar provided full EPC of all three grid-tied, roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.

Allwire, Inc.
Chowchilla | CALIFORNIA
484 kW

PROJECT DETAILS

REC Solar was contracted by Allwire Inc. to provide a roof flush-mounted system.  REC Solar was responsible for the full structural building analysis and racking design as well as procurement and construction services. This project was completed in 2008 on time and on budget. Additionally, the system has continuously outperformed pro-forma estimates established for the customer prior to the sale.

Big 5
Riverside | CALIFORNIA
359 kW

PROJECT DETAILS

In July of 2010, REC Solar was awarded the EPC contract to install a roof mounted system on the Big 5 Distribution Center. The system was installed in two phases, taking advantage of Riverside Public Utility solar rebates and was installed using REC Group 225 Watt modules and an Advanced Energy 333 kW inverter.


Harris Freeman
2 sites | CALIFORNIA, NEW JERSEY
819 kW

PROJECT DETAILS

In March of 2010, Harris Freeman hired REC Solar to engineer, procure and construct a 310 kW system at their facility in Anaheim, California. The project was completed in September 2010. REC Solar was awarded an additional 509 kW roof-mounted system in Moorestown, New Jersey which was completed in August of 2011.

IKEA Sweetwater
Sweetwater | FLORIDA
1.18 MW

PROJECT DETAILS

This 178,000-square-foot solar array was designed to produce over 1,700,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,227 tons of carbon dioxide – equal to providing electricity for 169 homes yearly. All roof equipment and racking was mounted with a proprietary racking system which provided minimal roof penetrations and the set screws typically associated with seam clamps.

Safeway
4 sites | HAWAII, CALIFORNIA
1.1 MW total

PROJECT DETAILS

REC Solar was awarded EPC contracts for solar photovoltaic systems at four Safeway stores located in Hawaii and California. These roof-mounted systems utilize Suntech panels and Advanced Energy inverters, and produce approximately 1,300,000 kWh of energy per year.


IKEA Tejon Distribution Center
Lebec | CALIFORNIA
1.8 MW

PROJECT DETAILS

In the fall of 2010, REC Solar was hired to engineer, procure and construct solar on the roof of multiple IKEA stores and distribution centers. The initial 1.7 MW DC facility, the largest IKEA building in the US, is located in Lebec, California. The project was completed in May 2011 and at that time was the 2nd largest solar system on a single commercial rooftop in California, and 6th largest in US. The system produces approximately 2.8 million kWh of electric power annually.

 

Macerich Malls
2 sites | CALIFORNIA
Over 1.8 MW total

PROJECT DETAILS

In July of 2013, REC Solar was given Notice to Proceed to design and install a 1.2 MW roof mount solar system at the Macerich Malls Inland Center in San Bernardino, California. The system was installed using AU Optronics EcoDuo panels and Advanced Energy 333NX and 250NX inverters and was completed in January 2014. An additional system was awarded to REC Solar located at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks and was completed in September of 2014.

Whole Foods (formerly New Frontiers)
San Luis Obispo | CALIFORNIA
99 kW

PROJECT DETAILS

Completed in 2010, REC Solar designed and installed a 99 kW system on the roof of Whole Foods in San Luis Obispo, CA. The system features 240 REC Group panels and 12 Sunny Boy inverters. Additionally, the store has an educational kiosk that displays data such as sun tracking, kilowatt-hours saved and information about how much Whole Foods is saving on their electricity bill. Special design considerations were taken to ensure that the system could be installed to offset the maximum kWh possible.