B. Fernández & Hnos. Goes Solar
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican food and beverage distribution company B. Fernández & Hnos. recently completed the installation of solar panels that will generate 43% of its annual electricity consumption. It is one of the largest private renewable energy projects in Puerto Rico, the company said in a statement.
The photovoltaic project, which will generate 1 megawatt or 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, consisted of the installation of 4,160 solar panels on the roof of its central warehouse at the Luchetti Industrial Park in Bayamón. Solar panels were also installed on the executive parking garage, for a total surface area of 200,000 square feet.
“The project is part of an ongoing conservation program established by the company in 2015. It included the replacement and investment in high-efficiency refrigeration [inverters] and LED lighting. For the second phase of the program, the company selected Green Energy Fuels Inc., a Puerto Rican company, to develop and install the photovoltaic system. In addition to improving our operational costs, projects such as these help us to meet our social responsibility objective: To reduce our impact on the carbon footprint,” said Ángel E. Vázquez, president of B. Fernández & Hnos.
“We estimate the project will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to burning 1,730 barrels of oil per year, which at the same time contributes to reducing global warming and pollution levels. Another advantage is we designed it in a way that allows for future expansion,” Vázquez added.
B. Fernández & Hnos. has more than 5,000 clients throughout the island. The company was founded in 1888 in Old San Juan and today has a distribution portfolio of over 200 local and international brands. Its headquarters are in Bayamón, and it has 516 employees.