5 MW Activated for Frito-Lay Plant in Arizona
Casa Grande plant first of its kind to be LEED-EB Gold Certified
Albuquerque, NM – 3/15/11 – Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande, AZ. plant now hosts a 36-acre, 5 MW DuraTrack HZ™ system, which is set to generate almost all of the plant’s energy needs. Constructed by EPC Gloria Spire Solar in partnership with Arizona Public Service (APS), the facility is a pioneer as a near-zero waste food manufacturing plant—combining the solar energy generation of the DuraTrack HZ™ system with advanced water conservation membrane bioreactor processes and extensive recycling initiatives.
The DuraTrack HZ™ system was chosen due to its ability to generate up to 25% more electricity than conventional fixed-rack applications, its ease of installation and reliability a result of Array Technologies’ continuous innovation in engineering and tracker design. With its ability to maximize ground coverage on uneven or irregularly defined terrain, the DuraTrack HZ™ system was the perfect choice, enabling Frito-Lay to receive a maximum return on its investment.
The tracking system and initiatives will save Frito-Lay millions of dollars in operating costs as well, making it a choice that is not only financially smart but also eco-friendly—drastically reducing the impact of the manufacturing plant on the environment.
Frito-Lay has said it will use its Casa Grande plant as a learning tool for what can be implemented at its various other locations across the U.S. and Canada as part of its sustainability plan, which also includes reducing fuel consumption of its fleet vehicles by 50% by 2020.
About Array Technologies
Array Technologies, Inc., provides unequalled expertise in engineering and manufacturing innovative solar tracking systems for utilities, corporations, and small businesses worldwide. Array’s patented tracker designs have established the standard for cost-effective, robust, reliable, and easy to install tracking solutions. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies’ trackers are manufactured in the USA.
About Gloria Spire Solar
Gloria Spire Solar is a full-service photovoltaic (PV) system integrator that provides turnkey solar solutions – everything from system design through module manufacturing, installation, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance. For more information, visit www.gloriaspire.com or contact us at 781-275-6000.
APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).