Blue Oak Energy completes 2.2-MW solar project at REI facility in Arizona

REI, the national specialty outdoor retailer, and Blue Oak Energy on Jun 14 announced the completion of a 2.2-MW rooftop solar installation atop a new distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona.

As a company with a deep-rooted history in sustainability, REI said its latest solar system will offset 100% of the facility’s annual electricity consumption, helping the company reach its goal of achieving a net zero operation.

“We’ve built a tremendous relationship with REI, installing more than 25 systems at REI locations across the nation,” said Tobin Booth, CEO of Blue Oak Energy. “For this latest installation, we once again joined forces with REI, staying by their side every step of the way to offer expertise and provide guidance on the building’s energy production, costs and financial returns to ultimately help them reach their ambitious environmental goals.”

Capitalizing on the strength of an eight-year history with Blue Oak Energy, the companies leveraged their longstanding relationship to create this project that brought REI’s solar portfolio to 5.4 MW – more than double what it had previously been.

“REI’s ambitious net-zero energy distribution center is a landmark project and houses one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Arizona,” said Kirk Meyers, Sustainability Manager at REI. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Blue Oak Energy team.

Blue Oak Energy’s mission is to provide world class renewable energy solutions and empower its customers to minimize their environmental impact, for this and future generations. The company’s technical leadership in over 1 GW of solar facilities has helped establish the solar energy industry as the world’s fastest growing energy source. Blue Oak Energy was founded in 2003 in Davis, California. In 2015, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Coronal Group LLC made a strategic investment in Blue Oak Energy.

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. REI has 144 stores in 35 states.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.