Fresh & Easy adds solar power to Phoenix-area stores

PHOENIX — Fresh & Easy has installed solar electric systems from REC Solar at stores in the Phoenix area.

REC Solar said it installed roof-mounted solar systems — which feature REC Peak Energy Series panels from global solar panel manufacturing leader REC Group — on 10 Fresh & Easy stores throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, including stores in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Avondale, Ariz. Each of the 10 stores features an in-store display that reports real-time solar energy production at the store while explaining how solar systems work to store customers.

On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket.

"Fresh & Easy's commitment to the environment is not just about reducing our carbon footprint, but also about saving money that we pass on to our customers," Fresh & Easy president and CEO Tim Mason sad. "These solar panels will provide about 20% of our store's energy needs at more than one-third of our Arizona stores."