News : Somersworth food distributor turns solar power into refrigeration system
From Union Leader
By John Quinn
SOMERSWORTH - After installing 572 solar panels last month, a commercial food distributor is using the sun to keep things fresh and crisp while saving on its electric bills.
Favorite Foods, headquartered at 29 Interstate Drive, is using a 140-kilowatt system, which is the largest in the state, to power its industrial cooler and freezer, which use the same amount of power as 24 homes, according Julie Cole, vice president of marketing.
"That's enough panels to power a neighborhood," Cole said, adding the panels will produce about 170,000 kilowatt-hours annually, representing about 17 to 18 percent on the electric bills.
While this doesn't offset the cost to keep the freezers running, Cole said the savings can be re-invested into the company, which could help encourage growth or job production.
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