Stop & Shop will power 40 of its stores in Massachusetts and New York with Bloom Energy servers. The servers will provide clean, reliable, 24/7 electricity in a microgrid configuration that will continue to power each store in the event of a grid power outage, the company said.
The servers will ensure that Stop & Shop stores can better serve their local communities when needed most, such as during severe weather or other unforeseen events. The new power solution is expected to reduce Stop & Shop’s carbon emissions by over 15,000 metric tons per year. The servers also virtually eliminate smog-forming pollution and particulate emissions.
The Bloom Energy fuel cells deployed at each Stop & Shop store will be configured as a microgrid that can operate independently of the local electric grid. Because Bloom Energy servers receive their natural gas or biogas fuel through an underground pipeline system, they are significantly less susceptible to the impacts of extreme weather than overhead power lines.
“Our stores are an important community resource for our customers, particularly when severe weather strikes,” said Gordon Reid, president of Stop & Shop. “Whether customers need to stock up on food, batteries, flashlights, other emergency items, or even their prescription medications, we know how vital the products and services our stores provide are. These servers will not only reduce our stores’ impact on the environment but also ensure our stores can stay open when needed most.”
Installations of the Bloom microgrids will begin early this year with Stop & Shop stores located on Cape Cod, followed by additional stores in Massachusetts and Long Island.