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LONDON and LOS ANGELES - British retailer Tesco plans to install the world's largest solar roofing system at U.S. subsidy Tesco USA's distribution center under construction in Riverside, Calif.
Solar Integrated Technologies, Inc., a provider of integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing systems, said won a $13 million contract from Tesco for a 2-megawatt BIPV roofing system.
"We believe this will be the largest roof-mounted solar installation in the world," said R. Randall MacEwen, Solar Integrated's president and c.e.o. "Tesco has a strong commitment to being a leader in helping to create a low carbon economy. Our BIPV roofing system at this distribution center will produce over 2.6 million kilowatt hours annually, provide a fifth of the depot's power supply, and save 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year."
The roofing system will be installed on two of the five distribution center buildings and will cover 500,000 square feet of the 640,000 square footage of roof space. The project is expected to be completed in 2007.
Tesco operates more than 2,800 stores and employs more than 370,000 associates worldwide.