MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — Stop & Shop Supermarket in Mount Vernon will now be powered by a Bloom Energy fuel cell, the company announced Tuesday.
The 250-kilowatt system at Stop & Shop in Mount Vernon will generate more than two million kilowatt-hour each year, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 700,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide.
Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell converts fuel into electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process, instead of combustion, to provide on-site, clean and reliable power. These fuel-cell projects are the latest addition to Stop & Shop’s clean and renewable energy portfolio that also includes solar panel systems on the roofs on 38 of its stores, capable of generating 9.5 million kWh each year.
As part of its Better Neighbor Promise to care for the environment, Stop & Shop has a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2015 using 2008 as a baseline. This project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and continues to deliver electricity even through grid outages, like those experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“Stop & Shop has invested heavily in energy conservation, green building and alternative energy projects,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop New York Metro division. “This project in the New York metro area will contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on our communities. It also will increase the resiliency of our stores and enable us to serve our customers during grid interruptions.”
Support for this project was provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
For more information on Stop & Shop's company-wide Recycling and Environment initiatives, visit www.stopandshop.com.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.