US Foods Activates Solar Power System in Albuquerque

  US Foods Activates Solar Power System in Albuquerque

    Solar panels will provide nearly 25 percent of facility’s energy needs

Business Wire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- December 13, 2012

Reinforcing its strong commitment to sustainability, US Foods today activated
a 430 kilowatt solar power system at its distribution center in Albuquerque.
Consisting of 1,772 photovoltaic panels, the rooftop solar array and will
provide nearly 25 percent of the facility’s energy needs.

At its peak, the solar array will generate 711,000 kilowatt hours annually -
enough electricity to power 71 average New Mexico homes.

“US Foods is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and providing
a more sustainable future for our customers and community,” said John Szurek,
division president, US Foods. “This solar panel system will improve our
efficiency and allow us to meet our customers’ needs in a more sustainable

The installation was commemorated by a “Flip the Switch” event at the
Albuquerque division. Notable attendees included:

  *Patricia Dominguez, Office of U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich
  *Christine Landavazo, Office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  *Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
  *Michael Padilla, New Mexico State Senator-elect
  *Tom Zdunek, Bernalillo County Manager
  *Art De La Cruz, Bernalillo County Commissioner

"New Mexicans are committed to an energy future for our nation that is both
clean and domestic to increase our energy independence and create jobs here at
home," said U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich. "It's essential that New Mexico
businesses are focusing not only on having a positive economic impact on local
communities, but are doing so in a forward-thinking and environmentally
responsible way. In New Mexico, we're proud to have business leaders that are
looking out for the future of the state. Congratulations to US Foods on this
impressive accomplishment."

The solar panel installation is the latest in a series of green initiatives
implemented at the Albuquerque division. Prior improvements have included
green landscaping and installation high-efficiency lighting throughout the

US Foods is leasing the solar panels from Distributed Sun LLC, an industry
leading commercial solar developer. The new solar panel array will offset the
equivalent of 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 25 years.
In addition to the Albuquerque location, US Foods has installed solar panels
to power distribution centers in Perth Amboy, N.J., La Mirada, Calif., Phoenix
and San Francisco.

About US Foods

With more than $20 billion in annual revenue, US Foods is the 10th largest
private company in America. As one of America’s great food companies and
leading distributors, US Foods isKeeping Kitchens Cookingand making life
easierfor more than 250,000 customers, including independent and multi-unit
restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational
institutions. The company offers more than 350,000 products, including
high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line, a
time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, andRykoff
Sexton, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world.
The company proudly employs approximately 25,000people in more than 60
locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly
owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc. and Kohlberg Kravis
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US Foods
Lisa Lecas
Manager, Corporate Communications
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