Eldorado Coffee Roasters has commissioned a 240.24 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic PV system at its worldwide headquarters in Maspeth, Queens. The solar array will produce in excess of 280,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy annually, enough to satisfy the entire facility’s yearly demand for electricity.
“We will be much more energy efficient and be able to fulfill our commitment to the world and its environment,” said Eldorado VP Andres Martin.
The project was engineered, constructed, and financed by Brooklyn-based Solar Energy Systems. SES will operate and maintain the system, selling the solar kWh generation to Eldorado at a discounted rate via a power purchase agreement (PPA). To finance the project, SES obtained Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds through NYSERDA, and a federal tax incentive.
“By investing in solar energy, the State is not only able to drive down the cost of doing business for Eldorado Coffee Roasters, but also helping to improve power reliability in New York City by reducing demand on the electric grid,” said Francis J. Murray Jr, President and CEO of NYSERDA. “The public-private partnership in these renewable energy projects is a critical component to New York meeting its renewable energy goals.”
Eldorado Coffee Roasters roasts and packs for several hundred coffee services, food and vending services, and food distributors in 42 states. Locally, Eldorado services tristate area restaurants, delis and supermarkets its Eldorado-branded coffee products.