California gets more solar shopping

Safeway Inc. has unveiled two new solar systems at stores in Northern California.

The rooftop solar panel installation at stores in Placerville and Fairfield is part of plans for 23 stores in California targeted for renewable solar energy.

Solar equipment at the Placerville and Fairfield stores provides about 20% of their average annual power usage and up to 48% of peak power usage.

'With the addition of solar energy to our GHG reduction tool kit, Safeway is taking a leadership role in the retail sector in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and focusing on operating a greener, more ecologically focused company,' said Joe Pettus, Senior Vice President of Fuel and Energy, adding: 'Throughout our vast operations, we are taking a closer look at how we impact the environment, identifying areas for improvement and acting on them.'

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