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Briarpatch Co-op Market Goes Solar

BriarPatch Coop market has received approval to use its parking lot to collect solar energy to power the store. BriarPatch Co-op Marketing Manager Stephanie Mandel says yesterday (Tuesday) BriarPatch received Grass Valley Design Review Committee approval to install a 700 panel solar system directly over an expanded parking area.

click to listen to Stephanie Mandel


It’s estimated the new solar system will provide more than 35 percent of the store’s electricity needs. A steel structure would support the photovoltaic panels, while shading a large section of the lot.

click to listen to Stephanie Mandel


The parking area will also be expanded to create 44 more spaces. More parking has been a frequent request of Briarpatch shoppers who sometimes find the lot full. The project will also improve traffic flow as well as accommodating the solar system. BriarPatch Co-op was founded in 1976 and is celebrating it’s 40th year with special events. About 2,000 people a day shop at the market.


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