Sugar Bowl Bakery increases energy efficiency

by Eric Schroeder
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Sugar Bowl Bakery offers a variety of desserts, including Petite Palmiers, Petite Brownie Bites, Madeleines and Duet Bites.

SAN FRANCISCO — Sugar Bowl Bakery, one of the largest family and minority owned bakeries operating in the United States, has unveiled plans to install solar modules and electric vehicle charging stations to increase the energy efficiency of its San Francisco facility. The company said it plans to install a photovoltaic system, giving it the capacity to produce 700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, a move that would offset 65% of the facility’s current electricity usage.

“We are making progress in the sustainability movement and instilling positive changes that make the company become more efficient, and serve our customers better, all while helping the environment,” said Andrew Ly, chief executive officer. “With the installation of this new system, Sugar Bowl Bakery will significantly decrease its carbon footprint.”

Sugar Bowl Bakery said it will install 1,600 solar modules on the roof of the plant to produce electricity for the next 25 years — equal to 17 million kWh over the life of the system, saving 12.5 million lbs of carbon from being emitted and 1.3 million gallons of gasoline from being consumed. The company also will offer employees the ability to charge their cars with four onsite electric vehicle chargers, which are connected to the system.

“We are excited and proud to be able to provide more eco-friendly driving options to our employees,” Mr. Ly said. “This change will hopefully encourage all of the Sugar Bowl Bakery family to think about their personal impact on the environment.”

Founded in 1984, Sugar Bowl Bakery offers a variety of desserts, including Petite Palmiers, Petite Brownie Bites, Madeleines and Duet Bites. The bakery’s baked foods are sold at various supermarket chains and warehouse clubs. 
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