Stion Solar Modules Help Power Food 4 Less

PAQ Inc. (Food 4 Less), a California grocer, partnered with Stion Energy Services (SES), who provided a turn-key solar installation at its store at Eastland Plaza in south Stockton, California. The 722kW array was built with Stion’s copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) frameless modules and went into operation on May 19, 2016. The solar installation will help Food 4 Less cut its electricity costs and lower its environmental impact.

Aerial view of Food 4 Less location with Stion solar modules

Aerial view of Eastland Plaza with Food 4 Less. Stion solar modules cover the roof of the plaza.

Over the 25-year projected life of the solar system, PAQ Inc. (Food 4 Less) expects the installation to offset more than $8.6 million worth of electricity costs.The system will help PAQ Inc. (Food 4 Less) lower operating costs so that it can keep its prices low and remain competitive in the marketplace.

Management of Food 4 Less selected Stion because it was the only vertically integrated solar developer with 100% of its manufacturing in the United States. Stion reportedly helped settle any concerns over quality, and guaranteed supply chain availability that no other developers could offer.

Stion Energy Services exclusively uses Stion’s “Simply Better” technology which boasts 5-10% more kW output than crystalline modules. The installation employs Stion’s frameless modules, which weigh 10% less than the company’s framed modules and up to 25% less than crystalline modules. The module’s sleek design allows Stion to ship 30% more modules per container. SES has also developed a proprietary adhesive solution, which enables streamlined installation.

Stion Energy Services exclusive use of Stion modules has enabled its engineers to identify the optimal balance of system components that work best with CIGS technology that maximizes energy production and monetary savings.
“For developers who use different modules, inverters and racking on all of their projects, the sophistication of Stion Energy Services “Simply Better” systems is just not possible,” said Kevin MacKamul, who serves as director of engineering for Stion Energy Services.