Tesco’s New Distribution Center To Have Largest Roof-Mounted Solar Installation in California

January 31, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Tesco plc announced that it is installing a $13 million solar roof on its five-building, 820,400-square-foot distribution center under construction in Riverside, CA.

"We believe this will be the largest roof-mounted solar installation in California, and possibly the world," said Tesco USA CEO Tim Mason, who announced in December that Tesco was moving into the U.S. market with the opening of its U.S. headquarters in El Segundo, CA. The U.K.-based company has more than 2,800 stores in markets across Central Europe and Asia. Its expansion into the U.S. will begin with store openings this year in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Mason stated, "The solar roof in Riverside is rated for peak power output of 2 megawatts and it will produce over 2.6 kilowatt hours per anum, providing nearly a fifth of the depot’s power supply," Mason said. "That will save approximately 1,200 tons carbon dioxide emissions each year."

The innovative, energy-saving device was developed by Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., of Los Angeles, a designer, manufacturer and installer of power-generating, building-integrated roofing systems for commercial buildings.