SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - More than 2,000 solar panels will help Big Y keep energy costs down at their Springfield headquarters, and will help the environment as well.
The supermarket company unveiled their three-acre solar array on Cottage Street Thursday morning. The array, which produces 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, will offset the electric consumption of their Roosevelt Avenue headquarters by 15%.
"What we're doing is we're locking in our energy rates for a 20 year period at a rate that is comparable or better than what the current market prices are," said Gary Kuchyt, manager of energy and sustainability for Big Y.
Big Y is already using solar panels to offset their energy consumption at their two newest locations, in Lee and Franklin, Mass. They have also added energy-efficient improvements at other stores, including new LED lighting, and the installation of glass doors at dairy and frozen food cases.