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113-year-old, family-owned business to lead largest solar project in the Bronx

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 15th July


By SB Staff July 14, 2021 View Profile

Family-owned Krasdale Foods has been providing grocery distribution, merchandising, and marketing to independent grocery store owners for 113 years. Now the company will spearhead the largest solar rooftop project in the Bronx, working with PowerFlex to add a 2.7 MW system (6,500 panels) atop its Hunts Point warehouse.

“After nearly a half century in Hunts Point, we’re thrilled to be able to support our community by creating a greener New York,” said Krasdale President Gus Lebiak. “Our focus has always been on giving back to the communities we serve, and this project represents our continuing commitment to the Bronx. We want to thank the City of New York and PowerFlex for partnering with us on this initiative.”

As part of the company’s agreement with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Krasdale will have the opportunity to extend its current lease through 2041. The Hunts Point Food Distribution Center is the largest single-entry point into New York for the more than 19 billion pounds of food the city consumes each year, processing approximately 4.5 billion pounds. Founded in 1908, Krasdale has operated out of the same Bronx warehouse since the early 1970s and was one of the first businesses the city recruited to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.

“New York City is closer to achieving its energy goals with Krasdale’s new solar installation at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “This project will improve air quality for New Yorkers and contribute to a cleaner, more resilient electricity grid. We look forward to advancing additional sustainability projects at the Food Distribution Center and delivering much-needed benefits to the Hunts Point community.”

Designated a community solar project, the initiative will allow residents in the same utility area to share in the clean energy produced by the system. Roughly 300 residents are expected to qualify for this no-cost option, which will reduce their electric bills by 10%.

“We are proud to partner with Krasdale on this notable solar project that will directly benefit its surrounding community. It’s one of the largest projects PowerFlex has worked on in New York City to date, and through this initiative, Krasdale demonstrates its ongoing commitment to operate as a socially and environmentally responsible company,” said Kevin Purdy, Business Development Director at PowerFlex.

Tags: Community Solar, Hunts Point, Krasdale Foods, New York, PowerFlex, The Bronx

Source: https://solarbuildermag.com/projects/113-year-old-family-owned-business-to-lead-largest-solar-project-in-the-bronx/