Solar power on a retail scale

The Fry’s Food Stores project consists of one PowerParasol™ solar  shade structure covering the grocery store’s parking lot at 2727 West Bell Road in Phoenix.
The Fry’s Food Stores project consists of one PowerParasol™ solar shade structure covering the grocery store’s parking lot at 2727 West Bell Road in Phoenix.

By Angelique Soenarie and Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.

Retailers in Arizona are slowly turning to solar energy in an effort to reduce climate change, keep energy costs low and create goodwill with their customers.

Fry’s Food, for example, is piloting a solar program with a PowerParasol at its Phoenix store on Bell Road near Interstate 17. The solar shade structure covers 170 spaces of the grocery store’s parking lot and is estimated to generate 80,000 kilowatt-hours a month.

“If we can be green, it’s a plus for the environment and it keeps prices low,” said JoEllen Lynn, a spokeswoman for Fry’s Food Stores.

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If you’d like to discuss energy issues, contact Court Rich, director of Rose Law Group’s Renewable Energy Department at crich@roselawgroup.com

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