Puerto Rican food and beverage distribution company B. Fernández & Hnos. recently completed the installation of solar panels, which will generate 43 percent of the annual electricity consumption of the enterprise.
It is one of the largest private renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico, the company said.
The photovoltaic project, which will generate 1 megawatt, or 1 million kilowatts/hour of electricity every year, began operations recently. The project consisted of the installation of 4,160 solar panels on the roof of its central warehouse at the Luchetti Industrial Park in Bayamón. Solar panels were also installed on the executive parking garage, for a total of 200,000 square feet of surface.
The project is part of a conservation program established by the company since 2015. It included the replacement and investment in high-efficiency refrigeration (inverters) and LED lighting.
“For the second phase of the program, we selected Green Energy Fuels, Inc., a Puerto Rican company, to develop and install this photovoltaic system. In addition to improving our operational costs, projects such as these helps us to meet our social responsibility objective: to reduce our impact on the carbon footprint,” said Ángel E. Vázquez, president of B. Fernández & Hnos.
“We estimate that the project will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to burning 1,730 barrels of oil per year, which at the same time contributed to reducing global warming and pollution levels. Another advantage is that we designed in a way that allows for future expansion,” Vázquez added.
Fernández & Hnos. is one of the largest food and beverage distribution companies in Puerto Rico.