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The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar
The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

System Design and Install by Radiance Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Radiance Solar have announced the completion of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar array at the Food Bank’s midtown headquarters. The ACFB has distributed food and grocery products to partner nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia for nearly 32 years, and is now poised to be an important partner in the fight against rising energy costs.

The Food Bank’s solar system, Powered by Suniva™, is one of the largest roof-mounted PV arrays in the state of Georgia.  The array consists of over 174 high-powered solar panels manufactured by Norcross-based Suniva. The 42kW solar array is expected to produce 58,000 kWh every year, all of which will be fed back into Georgia Power’s electric-grid as a part of their Green Energy Buyback Program. The ACFB will be paid a premium for up to 25KWh of the clean energy they feed into the grid, turning the sun’s free and abundant energy into money that can be used to fight hunger.

“Suniva is delighted to collaborate with local partners in the commissioning of another significant solar installation which utilizes our homegrown Georgia technology,” said Bryan Ashley, chief marketing officer of Suniva, Inc. “Our goal at Suniva is to make solar sensible to enable installations like the one at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. With each new installation, we help lead Georgia towards a more sustainable future.”

Atlanta-based Radiance Solar was able to install the large solar array at no cost to the Food Bank by winning a competitive renewable energy grant from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA). “The GEFA grant has allowed us to continue transforming our operations with the help of solar energy,” says Bill Bolling, ACFB Founder and Executive Director. The solar array complements our LEED building status and furthers our mission to be a leader in innovative and sustainable business practices in the fight against hunger.” The Food Bank’s array is the second to be completed as part of the Georgia Non-Profit Solar Project, an initiative funded by the GEFA grant, set to deliver almost $1 million in solar energy infrastructure to Georgia non-profit organizations.

“We are proud to have such fantastic partners in GEFA and the Atlanta Community Food Bank,” says Radiance Solar CEO, James Marlow, “…ultimately, solar energy is about securing a clean and sustainable future for Georgia communities, and that’s a perfect fit for the Food Bank and all of our partners in the Georgia Non-Profit Solar Project.”