Food Service Distribution (San Francisco Bay Area)

Sandbar Solar & Electric partnered with MBL Energy to install 1,607-Kilowatts of solar and a 400 kWh of Energy Storage at a major food services distributor just outside of San Francisco, California.

The solar PV system supplies a large percentage of the host customer’s annual energy needs resulting in huge electric bill savings.  The energy storage system delivers power as needed throughout the evening and nighttime hours to shave down the peak electricity demand, thereby saving the customer thousands of additional dollars per year.   Additionally, the energy storage system allows the customer to adjust the timing of its energy delivery to the grid to counteract future changes to the time-of-use billing hours made by the utility provider. 

The system supplies enough power to supply 100% of the energy needs of more than 200 single family homes in California.

System size:

  • 1,607 kW DC Solar
  • 400 kWh ESS Capacity
  • 300 kW ESS Power Output

Installation type:

Flat roof, ballasted racking

Solar PV Inverters:

SMA Core 1 Tri-Power Inverters

Battery Inverters:

Ideal Power: Stabiliti 30C Battery Inverters


Sharp Smartstorage 40kWh Batteries

About the Author

Scott is the founder of Sandbar Solar & Electric. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, Scott has an NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught many high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs. Scott enjoys sharing his knowledge of the evolving renewable energy space and making a difference in his community.