Renewable Energy through the use of Solar Arrays
UNFI recognizes the importance of investing in renewable energy to support a sustainable future. Our solar panel arrays are among the largest in the states in which they are located and have avoided thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Moreno Valley, CA
Our newest solar project, this 4,676 panel array went live in 2013. It’s predicted annual output is 1,692,338 kilowatt Hours of clean energy, the equivalent of saving enough energy to power 146 average U.S. households for one year.
The largest installation in Rhode Island, this solar array atop our corporate headquarters produces a predicted annual output of 175,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy.
This installation was the largest solar photovoltaic system in New England at the time of its construction. The system’s output will avoid over 7,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide over its 25-year lifespan.
The largest array in our network, this 7,000 panel system occupies four acres of rooftop space and has saved the facility more than a half-million dollars in electricity costs since is activation. More than 1200 metric tons of CO2 were avoided in its first year of operation.
As part of UNFI’s commitment to green initiatives, the company has built multiple LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings and is pursuing LEED® certification on several new projects, including our newest facility in Denver, for which we are seeking Gold certified status.
Our 535,069 square foot Denver distribution center incorporates many sustainable building features:
• 100% of all office equipment and appliances in the building are Energy Star rated
• 20% of all building materials are made with recycled content
• Total water use reduction of 50% when compared to a typical building of similar size and function
• 50% of construction waste recycled or salvaged
• Energy reduction of 50% when compared to a typical building of the similar size and function
• The first UNFI net zero waste facility
• 100% of wood installed is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified
Green Power Partnership
The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power to limit the environmental impact of conventional electricity. As a member of the Green Power Leadership Club, UNFI proudly utilizes on-site solar arrays, green power purchase agreements with electric power providers and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). In the 2012 calendar year, 51.74% of our electricity for facilities in the U.S. came from green power, up 23.76% in 2011.