For Immediate Release: February 22, 2019

SMUD partners with Rotary, Food Bank and Grid Alternatives to install solar at the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank

Money savings will help feed more families in need

SMUD partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Fair Oaks and Orangevale, Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank and Grid Alternatives to install a 10kW solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank. Concurrently, they are also installing new refrigeration and lighting that together are expected to reduce electricity by 50 percent.

The two-day install project will be finished on Saturday, February 23 and is expected to save the food bank $56,000 over the next 20 years. The system will also prevent 150 tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent to planting 3,500 trees. The Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank will be one of the only food banks in the country with a solar photovoltaic system.

“We are proud to give back to our community in meaningful ways that increase energy efficiency and save money at the same time, said SMUD Director Erik Krause. “This solar project will allow the food bank to increase service to those in greatest need. I can’t think of a better partnership.”

“We are so proud of the community collaboration that brought this project to fruition,” said Nick Broad, project manager for the Fair Oaks Rotary Club.

The food bank serves more than 1,000 working families per month. They receive donated items from local grocery chains such as Trader Joe’s, Safeway, WinCo, Raley’s, Walmart, Grocery Outlet and Sprouts. Lower electricity bills will enable the food bank to feed more families in need every month.


Solar Installation Celebration


TOMORROW, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Speakers to speak at 2:30 p.m.

Come early to see the final panels placed.


Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank

6483 Main Ave, Orangevale


Sue Frost, Sacramento County Supervisor

Brandon Rose, SMUD Board of Directors

Keith Wright, Executive Director, Orangevale

Fair Oaks Food Bank

Tommy Peno, President, Orangevale Rotary

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit

About Rotary

The Fair Oaks and Orangevale Rotary Clubs are leaders in community service in the Sacramento area.  Rotary's motto is “Service Above Self”. The two clubs together have over 120 members who are active community volunteers. Within the past decade, the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks has twice been selected “Club of the Year” by Rotary District 5180. 

 Rotary is a worldwide service organization with a network of 1.2 million members with a passion for service and service projects that improve lives in their communities and throughout the world. Rotary is non-political and non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. 


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