Frito-Lay employees on October 5 dedicated the new solar electric power system that has been installed on the roof of their
PV systems produce no emissions and utilize
"In concert with PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose efforts around environmental sustainability, Frito-Lay’s sustainability programs have focused on conserving vital resources and implementing environmentally-friendly solutions like renewable energy sources,” said Rich Beck, senior vice president, operations, Frito-Lay North America. “By using solar power in our
“Frito-Lay’s commitment to promoting renewable sources of energy is commendable,” said Arizona Corporation Commission commissioner William A. Mundell. “As rising fossil fuel prices drive the cost of electricity upward, it is vital that
“I am proud of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s decision to pass the Environmental Portfolio Standard which requires APS to give businesses an opportunity to reduce their electricity costs by utilizing renewable technology such as solar,” added Mundell.
The installation was facilitated, in part, by the APS Solar Partners Incentive Program. This Program offers financial incentives to customers who add photovoltaic solar systems or solar water heaters to their homes or business. The Program is funded by APS customers and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
“The Solar Power Incentive Program allows customers to take ownership of their energy future,” said Pat Dinkel, director of planning and resource acquisition for APS.
American Solar Electric Inc., a Scottsdale-based firm specializing in photovoltaic power systems, designed and installed the PV system. The PV system was engineered to produce year-round energy production through elevated, angled panels above the rooftop deck.
“Our company is proud to be a part of Frito-Lay’s overall sustainability program through the construction of this solar electric system.” said Sean Seitz, president of American Solar Electric. “Frito-Lay’s commitment to solar power as part of their sustainability effort is a great example of how the private sector can partner with utilities to address our community’s larger concerns over the environment and diversification of the nation’s energy supply. Key strategic partnerships between Frito-Lay, American Solar Electric, Kyocera, SMA-America, and APS were crucial to making a project on this scale possible.”
Frito-Lay already has installed PV systems in six other distribution centers in
Frito-Lay North America is the $10 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo divisions include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana. The
American Solar Electric, Inc. is a Scottsdale-based design-build firm specializing in photovoltaic (solar electric) power systems for commercial, industrial and residential applications. The company offers complete design services and is licensed, bonded and insured for both commercial and residential electrical and roofing contracting in the State of Arizona (AZ ROC Licenses 168657 and 236520). Additional information on the company’s products and services is available online at: www.americanpv.com.