Stark Bro’s in Louisiana now has 300 solar panels in place powering three buildings in a move expected to shrink the historic firm’s carbon footprint and save money in the long run.
“We have three 25-kilowatt installations for 75 kilowatts,” said Stark Logistics Manager Jack Lindsey. That’s enough to power nine homes per year.
“The solar systems are on buildings we use year-round,” including the administration building on Hwy. 54, an office-shipping center building and the firm’s large greenhouse.
“They will run a good portion of the three buildings,” Lindsey said. “The idea is for it to pay for itself over time.”
Stark expects that will take about six years, Lindsey said. The panels are expected to last 25 years.
At six years, Stark will produce enough electricity to send some back on the grid, he added. That should save the firm thousands in energy costs, he added.
“Solar energy is clean, renewable and, quite frankly, the right thing to do,” said Stark Bro’s CEO Cameron Brown. “The use of solar power will help hold down retail product costs as well as provide a cleaner, more sustainable environment for everyone.”
Microgrid Solar of St. Louis recently installed the panels.