Sustainable Food Center Gets Solar Powered!
Austin, Texas is one of the most forward thinking cities in the country so of course this city would also bring news of a cool addition to a non-profit called the Sustainable Food Center.
This Center which is designed to help give local access to nutrition food from local farmers hosts farmers markets and provides outreach such as classes on cooking and nutritional education.
Now they have a new solar power system installed to power their Center with the ultimate in renewable resources: sunlight.
Check out more commentary about this cool addition to Austin’s Sustainable Food Center below:
SunPower Corporation, and SunPower Elite Dealer Freedom Solar announced today the completion of a 14 kilowatt solar power system for Austin’s Sustainable Food Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Steve Adler.
Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. The nonprofit organization hosts four farmers markets, provides organic food gardening classes, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, and supports area farmers’, all in the Austin area.
We’re grateful to SunPower and Freedom Solar for their generous donation, and expect the system to offset about 25 percent of our electrical usage and reduce our electricity costs by 40 percent or more. This will allow us to use those savings to enhance programs that the community has come to rely on for access to healthy and affordable food.
The donated solar power system is composed of 36 high-efficiency SunPower® solar panels, the most efficient and reliable solar panels available on the market today. Freedom Solar employees volunteered their time to design and install the system. Operating since 2007, Freedom Solar, a SunPower Elite Dealer, has installed over 11 megawatts of solar panels for residential and corporate customers in the Austin area including Whole Foods, Office Depot and the University of Texas.
To learn more about Sustainable Food Center’s sustainability efforts and programs available visit their website at http://sustainablefoodcenter.org/.
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