Gatorade cites Sun Valley Solar Solutions' local presence, reputation, and complete design, installation and service capabilities as deciding factors in their decision to partner with Arizona's leading solar energy firm. Pictured above from left to right: Tony Grinstead, Maintenance and Engineering Senior Resource, Pepsi Beverage Company; Tom Schaefer, Director of Resource Conservation, Pepsi Beverage Company; Curt Hilliker, VP Commercial Division, Sun Valley Solar Solutions; Jeff Rutkowski, Maintenance and Engineering Senior Manager, Pepsi Beverage Company.
Since 2013, Sun Valley Solar Solutions has been helping the Gatorade bottling and packaging facility in Tolleson, Arizona achieve significant savings through a series of solar energy installations.
The highly-coveted project kicked off in 2013 and attracted interest from six leading solar energy companies from across the country. Chandler-based Sun Valley Solar Solutions assembled the winning bid that included all engineering, procurement, and installation services.
The first 1.7MW system joined a previously installed 500kW system to become the largest rooftop solar energy plant in Arizona at the time of its commissioning in 2014. In 2015, Sun Valley Solar was selected again to construct a 1.2MW expansion at the facility. Today, the combined systems produce more than 6 million KW/h of clean renewable energy, or more than 25% of the bottling facility’s total energy requirements.
"We really wanted to find a team that could deliver the complete package from design and installation, to ongoing support," explained Tom Schaefer, Director of Resource Conservation for PepsiCo. "Sun Valley Solar Solutions delivered on all the key metrics required. I'm confident that we selected a great partner and thrilled that the projects went to a local team."
System components include more than 8,600 solar modules, along with top-grade stainless steel racking from Michigan-based Applied Energy Technologies (AET), and five Advanced Energy inverters.
"Gatorade understands the positive impact that clean energy can bring to the bottom line as well as to the community around them," commented Curt Hilliker, Senior Director of Business Development for Sun Valley Solar Solutions' commercial operations. "Their leadership plays an important role in driving the acceptance of commercial-scale solar energy and we're tremendously excited to have partnered with them on such an important initiative."