Upscale Convenience Stores in Charlottesvile and Ruckersville Go Green
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, November 19, 2018 –
On Friday, November 9, Gordon Sutton “threw the switch” on a new solar power array at the Preston Avenue Exxon station located in Charlottesville’s Rose Hill neighborhood. The 17.15 kilowatt power system utilizes 49 solar panels that are expected to produce 25,095 kilowatt-hours of power annually— about half of the facility’s electrical needs.
The filling station features The Market at Preston Avenue, a gourmet-to-go deli offering fresh entrees, appetizers, salads, breakfast biscuits, tacos, and desserts prepared daily. The Preston Avenue and Ruckersville locations will be the eight and ninth locations respectively, and both are offering their new product: Market Fried Chicken.
The Market stores are owned and operated by Charlottesville-based Tiger Fuel Company, a full-service provider of home heating fuels and a petroleum products distributor for Exxon, Shell, BP, CITGO, and its own private label, EXCEL.
“We’d been considering solar for several years, said Sutton, President and CEO, “and in the last eighteen months or so, the price for panels has reduced to the point where solar became feasible for this location. Tax incentives help increase the return on investment, so we determined that it was time to make the commitment. I have friends who are in the solar energy field, and they assured me that the time was right.”
The second store, The Market at Ruckersville, will utilize a solar power array that is expected to supply up to 60% of the facility’s electricity needs. The 54.4 kilowatt system is designed to provide an estimated 59,271 kilowatt-hours of renewable power annually.
The architect engaged to design the Ruckersville store recommended Altenergy, Inc. of Charlottesville to design and install the power system. “The people at Altenergy were a pleasure to work with, said Sutton. “The proposal and pro-forma were clear and concise, and they set accurate expectations about the process and final results. We’re very excited to see how this works.”
“Tiger Fuel Company has been very successful in the fossil fuel industry, said Shawn Cooke, Altenergy’s Director of Operations. “and I have to congratulate Gordon for his forward-thinking approach to reducing the company’s carbon footprint. He sees the value in green practices and is dedicated to finding more ways to keep improving.”