Thursday, April 4, 2013

Natural foods store flips switch on new solar project


 April 3, 2013 1:16 pm | Updated: 1:55 pm, Wed Apr 3, 2013.
Good Earth if really feeling the heat this week—thanks to the 852 new solar panels the natural foods store has installed to energize its Fairfax market
When the organic market opened the doors last year at its new location on Center Boulevard, its rooftop solar panels were enough to supply energy to heat the store’s water. But since then, according to owners Mark Squire and Al Baylacq, they’ve leased the rooftops of the Fairfax Plaza across the street and installed enough panels across 40,000 square feet of rooftop to supply about 35 percent of Good Earth’s total energy.
The partially grant-funded photovoltaic project was managed by San Rafael’s Cooperative Community Energy, its installation was by Sun First Solar, also of San Rafael.
Baylacq says that although they tried to build an energy efficient business, “the reality is full-service grocery stores are huge energy suckers.” Thanks to the new solar system, he says, “[we] can feel good about supporting a truly green business for a long time.”