PowerFlex to install 2.7-MW community solar project atop grocery distribution warehouse in the Bronx
Krasdale Foods, a 113-year-old family business that provides food distribution, merchandising and marketing to independent grocery store owners, announced that the company will lead the largest solar roof project in the Bronx, with a 2.7 megawatt system atop its Hunts. Point warehouse.
As part of the company’s agreement with the New York City Economic Development Corporation – the lease manager on behalf of the city – Krasdale will have the option to extend its current lease through 2041. The Hunts Point Food Distribution Center is the largest single-entry point to New York for the more than 19 billion pounds of food the city consumes each year and processes approximately 4.5 billion pounds. Founded in 1908, Krasdale has been operating out of the same Bronx warehouse since the early 1970s and was one of the first companies the city recruited for the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.
In partnership with PowerFlex, a national provider of renewable energy infrastructure, Krasdale will install more than 6,500 panels in its warehouse.
“Having lived in Hunts Point for nearly half a century, we are excited to support our community by creating a greener New York,” said Krasdale President Gus Lebiak. “Our focus has always been to give back to the communities we serve, and this project represents our continued commitment to the Bronx. We would like to thank the City of New York and PowerFlex for collaborating on this initiative.”
Designated as a community solar project, the initiative will allow residents in the same utility area to share in the clean energy produced by the system. About 300 residents are expected to qualify for this free option, which will reduce their electricity bills by 10%.
“New York City is closer to meeting its energy goals with Krasdale’s new solar facility at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center,” said Rachel Loeb, NYCEDC president and CEO. “This project will improve air quality for New Yorkers and contribute to a cleaner, more resilient power grid. We look forward to promoting additional sustainability projects in the food distribution center and providing much-needed benefits to the Hunts Point community.”
PowerFlex expects the installation process to take approximately nine months from start to finish, with completion expected next year. The PowerFlex team has provided solar solutions to some of the world’s largest companies, including Amazon, PepsiCo and Target.
“We are proud to partner with Krasdale on this remarkable solar project that will directly benefit the surrounding community. It is one of the largest projects PowerFlex has worked on to date in New York City, and through this initiative Krasdale demonstrates its continued commitment to operating as a socially and environmentally responsible company,” said Kevin Purdy, director of business development at PowerFlex.
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