Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar provider, recently completed a 230 KW (DC) solar system for John's Incredible Pizza Company in Fresno, Calif. The rooftop system is expected to generate 350,000 kilowatt-hours per year and offset 25 percent of the restaurant's energy consumption.

"The investment pays for itself while generating clean, renewable energy," said Lori Stowe, John's Incredible Pizza Company vice president of Operations.

The Stellar Energy team has been providing commercial-scale solar systems for the food and beverage industry for more than a decade, including some of California's largest growers, food processors and wineries.

"The impact of an organization like John's Incredible Pizza Company using solar to power their operations cannot be understated," said Ted Walsh, Stellar Energy's vice president of Project Development. "The financial and environmental benefits of the project are significant, but this solar system also demonstrates the social and community leadership of John's Incredible Pizza Company. When you consider that John's Incredible Pizza Company is a place where parents bring their kids, where families and sports teams come together to enjoy themselves, and this is now where kids might first learn about solar, might ask their parents why renewable energy and environmental issues are important, it's great to think about that conversation taking place in a fun, family-oriented environment, not only in a classroom."

The project originated when John Parlet, the restaurant's owner, was contacted by one of his former employees, John Covert, who now works in the solar industry. His local firm collaborated with Stellar Energy to deliver the solution for John's Incredible Pizza Company.

John's Incredible Pizza Company has 10 locations and is based out of Fresno.

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