Alvarado Street Bakery to Add Solar Power

Solar Power at Alvarado Street Bakery

Question: What smells like fresh bread and creates energy from the sun? Answer: The roof at Alvarado Street Bakery in Petaluma, California.

Alvarado Street Bakery has a large facility in Petaluma, California; the roof area is almost 1.5 acres, and it will soon carry an innovative and effective solar electric system, installed by Stellar Energy. “This 404 kilowatt system will offset close to 40% of the bakery’s power needs, generating enough electricity to power about 90 average homes,” said Matt Lugar, Vice President of Sales for Stellar.

Stellar Energy, a leading renewable energy firm, is installing a large solar electric system on one of the North Bay’s best known and beloved organic bakeries. “All basic components of the system are made or assembled here in America, providing green jobs at a crucial moment in this economy. Stellar Energy applauds Alvarado Street Bakery’s leadership in deploying this exciting solar project, one of the first in the bakery industry.”

The system will consist of 1,722 Sharp® brand 235 watt solar panels, installed on a special rack system that minimizes roof attachments and prevents water leaks.

Joseph Tuck, CEO of Alvarado Street Bakery, enthused about the system as well. “We will be reducing our carbon footprint by saving energy and cutting down on fossil fuels used to generate electricity.”

Tuck added: “As a worker owned company deeply committed to health and sustainable prosperity, we are thrilled to be working with Stellar Energy on this project.”

About Alvarado Street Bakery

Alvarado Street Bakery is one of the most successful worker-owned cooperatives in the US.. For over 30 years Alvarado Street Bakery has been a leader in producing healthy, organic whole grain breads. Alvarado Street Bakery sprouted breads and bagels can be found in grocery and natural food stores throughout the country. For more information please visit the Alvarado Street Bakery website at