Food bank’s solar array to save $2M over 25 years

Roadrunner Food Bank is turning sunshine into electricity and saved electricity costs into food.

A project underway to install a new roof and solar array atop Roadrunner’s enormous warehouse near Singer and Office NE is ultimately expected to result in $2 million in electrical savings over the minimum 25-year life expectancy of the system.

That savings translate to 10 million additional meals for hungry people in communities around New Mexico, said Roadrunner spokeswoman Sonya Warwick. The project is being made possible by grants, as well as significant discounts from National Roofing Co. and Affordable Solar Installation, both based in Albuquerque.

Food bank facts
Roadrunner Food Bank is the largest food bank in New Mexico. Its mission is to feed the hungry, seed partnerships and ultimately end hunger in New Mexico.
• It distributes food to 70,000 people a week through its network of 400 hunger-relief partners.
• Last year, it distributed 30 million pounds of food, the equivalent of 25 million meals.
• Food bank drivers travel 500,000 miles each year to deliver food to urban and rural communities throughout the state.
• It relies on about 12,000 volunteers who provide 55,000 service hours during the year to help prep food for distribution. The food bank’s yearly budget is $8 million. To make a donation of money or food, or volunteer time, call 349-8909 or go online to www.rrfb.org.


“The original tar and gravel roof from when the building was constructed in the early 1980s has been leaking pretty much the entire time since we moved into it in 2009,” Warwick said. “Any time it rained or when there was snow melt, water would come into the warehouse, potentially putting food at risk.”

From NRCA

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