Groundwork Coffee LLC is proud to announce it has installed more than 100 high efficiency solar panels at the company’s North Hollywood, CA roasting facility.
The Sunpower PV modules are the most efficient panels commercially available and will generate more than 52,000 kilowatts of clean, solar energy each year. Jeff Chean, Groundwork’s director of roasting operations, estimates the panels, which are specially designed to work efficiently even on cloudy days, will power more than 80% of Groundwork’s electrical demands. “On slow roasting days, or weekends, our electric meter will actually spin backwards as the panels push more energy into the grid than we are using,” Chean said.
The new solar array covers most of the exposed roof at Groundwork’s 4,500 sq. ft. roastery, which it shares with its affiliated companies, The Supreme Bean and Joe to Go. The installation marks another step in Groundwork’s efforts to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency throughout its supply chain.
In late 2011, the company installed a unique hybrid/gas electric coffee roaster that utilizes an ultra-low NOx power burner. This allow for the roaster and catalytic oxidizer to be heated by electrical elements tied directly from the power generated by the solar panels. The result is Groundwork’s roaster has one of the smallest carbon footprints in the entire coffee industry.
Groundwork Coffee LLC is a Los Angeles-based super premium coffee roaster specializing in 100% organic coffee and tea. The company’s mission calls for full economic and environmental sustainability throughout its supply chain. From farm to cup, Groundwork, which was established in 1990 by L.A. natives, is dedicated to the welfare of the producers of its products as well as consumers. The company operates 6 retail stores throughout Los Angeles and a wholesale distribution network.