Green Initiatives: A New Roof and Solar Array

In 2015, Roadrunner Food Bank joined a growing number of organizations across New Mexico and across the country who are harnessing solar energy to diversify their energy portfolios, save money, and ultimately be stronger energy stewards.

In partnership with Affordable Solar, National Roofing, Firestone, Unirac, and the City of Albuquerque, Roadrunner has installed a 366-kilowatt solar array with enough solar panels to be able to do the following:

  • Generate enough electricity to meet 45-60 percent of total on-peak usage, AND;
  • Save $1.2 million in electricity costs over 25 years the equivalent of distributing about 6 million meals.

Solar2Underneath these panels, a newer layer of lightweight roofing materials courtesy of Firestone are painted white. Transitioning from a darker, stone-covered roof to a whiter roof will allow enough heat to be absorbed during the winter months, while reflecting away excess heat during the summer months.  With the array in place there will be less demand for powering fans and other cooling devices in the warehouse to keep produce and other sensitive food items fresh.

Roadrunner continues to keep its commitments to Green Initiatives that supports and reduces expenses we can put back into our core mission of feeding hungry people.  Many thanks to Affordable Solar, National Roofing, Firestone, the City of Albuquerque, and all of the individual, community, and corporate partners who make our work possible!

If you are interested in partnering with us on our Green Initiatives, contact Teresa Johansen at 505.349.8897.

Photo of Solar Array Installation from November 9th, 2015, Courtesy of Matthew Young.

Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Matthew at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail Matthew at 


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