Valley Fine Foods Operations 100 Percent Powered by Renewable Energy

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Stellar Energy Delivers Second Solar System for Natural Foods Leader

This solar system not only represents a profitable investment and responsible business strategy, it is also a clear demonstration of Valley Fine Foods’ sincere commitment to the environment and their community.

Stellar Energy, a leading national provider of commercial solar systems, and Valley Fine Foods, the producer of hand-crafted gourmet pastas, have completed the installation of a state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic system to convert the natural foods provider’s Yuba City, Calif. facility to 100 percent renewable energy. The 656 kilowatt solar project is the second system Stellar Energy has delivered for Valley Fine Foods, and will produce approximately 1.7 million kilowatts-hours per year – the equivalent of powering 148 average U.S. homes.

The solar systems were deployed both on the roof and as a fixed-tilt ground mount covering approximately 2 acres and was designed to maximize financial and environmental benefits. Utilizing the latest in solar technology and building processes, Stellar Energy was successful in delivering the system on schedule and on-budget with minimal impact to Valley Fine Foods’ day-to-day operations.

“Stellar Energy provided us the best design that maximized our energy savings,” said Ryan Tu, Valley Fine Foods President. “Having completed one system in Benicia, they were the obvious choice to complete our second system in Yuba City. We are a family-owned business, passionate about food and the environment. We entrusted Stellar Energy to help us achieve our goal having all facilities and operations 100 percent powered by renewable energy.”

“It was an honor to partner with Valley Fine Foods,” said Ted Walsh, Stellar Energy Vice President of Project Development. “This solar system not only represents a profitable investment and responsible business strategy, it is also a clear demonstration of Valley Fine Foods’ sincere commitment to the environment and their community. Their commitment to quality is inspiring; producing their delicious raviolis with all-natural ingredients, even offering organic and gluten-free lines that come in renewable corn-based plastic packaging, and now entirely made using renewable power. These are meals that are healthy on many levels.”

Stellar Energy was able to introduce a financing solution that required no out of pocket investment while capitalizing on the significant federal tax incentives available. This enabled Valley Fine Foods to save on electric costs immediately, while also promising incredible financial savings in the long term through system ownership. For this reason the system was designed to minimize all production risk, operations and maintenance costs, while saving the most money possible per acre of land used.

About Stellar Energy
Stellar Energy is one of the nation’s top providers of commercial-scale solar energy systems. Our sister company Soligent LLC is the largest and most comprehensive full-service distributor of renewable energy products in the US. This relationship provides Stellar Energy access to the highest quality products at the most competitive pricing without bias to proprietary technology, manufacturing or financing. With 30 years of experience in solar, our team is committed to professional solar project delivery and system operation, delivering the best financial and environmental benefits possible to our clients. For more information, please visit

About Valley Fine Foods
Valley Fine Foods Company, Inc. produces pastas and gourmet food products. The company also provides private label products for grocers and restaurants. It offers its products through club and grocery stores in the United States. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Benicia, California. Valley Fine Foods is a family-owned producer of gourmet pasta dishes with a mission to create healthy, 100% natural and convenient foods for you to enjoy. We share the same hand-crafted, 100% natural, and gourmet quality values that we started with over 20 years ago. We are proud to say we are American owned and all of our products are Made in the USA!

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