The Community Food Co-op will be saving significant money with the recent installation of a large solar energy array at the top of its Bellingham Cordata store.
The new solar installation will generate enough energy to offset about 4 percent of the annual energy usage, saving the store about $8,000 a year. The installation will generate enough electricity to equal the power to run about three average homes, according to a news release from the co-op.
Later this fall a flat-screen panel will be installed on the main floor of the Cordata store that will show results of the solar energy production. Shoppers will be able to view online numbers displaying the amount of energy output from each panel on our roof at various times of the day.
The Community Food Co-op is a consumer-owned grocery store serving Bellingham and Whatcom County. For details, visit communityfood.coop.