Krasdale Foods, a 115-year-old family owned business providing grocery distribution, merchandising and marketing to independent grocery store owners, and solar developer PowerFlex celebrated the completion of the largest solar installation in the Bronx and one of the largest in New York City. The event, held at Krasdale’s distribution center in Hunts Point, was attended by Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Assemblymember Amanda Septimo and others.
“For decades, large trucks have regularly driven in and out of the Hunts Point food distribution center — pumping pollution into the air and highlighting the need for clean energy in the area,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Krasdale Foods is stepping up to offset those emissions and power up solar energy in Hunts Point with the Bronx’s largest solar power installation. I want to thank Krasdale Foods and PowerFlex for doing their part in the fight against climate change and for helping to bring sustainable living to our city.”
Krasdale’s new 2.7-MW community solar project will share its environmental and financial benefits with the local community. Residents of the Bronx can subscribe to the project and receive credits on their electricity bill for a portion of the solar energy generated. The program will help approximately 300 Bronx residents reduce their electric bills. Community solar enables access to clean, renewable energy for homeowners, renters and business owners who may not have ideal conditions to directly install solar panels onsite.
“It’s rewarding to work with Krasdale on this large onsite community solar project that will generate a significant amount of renewable energy and help the company achieve its sustainability goals,” said Raphael Declercq, CEO of PowerFlex. “This community solar system will harness the clean energy of the sun to power Krasdale’s operations, as well as hundreds of families in the Bronx. This notable project demonstrates that, together, we can achieve a cleaner, greener future.”
PowerFlex received more than $1.3 million in support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through its NY-Sun Program, which is helping make solar more accessible to families, businesses and communities across the state.
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