Vista Solar Helping San Francisco Food and Wine Distributor Save Money with Solar


Vista Solar announces it will install a 160 kW solar system for food and wine distributor Lettieri & Company, just south of San Francisco. The system is expected to generate nearly 100% of the facility’s electricity needs and start saving the company money from day one.

San Francisco may be known as the “Fog City,” but the area actually gets plenty of sunshine — more than enough to generate electricity from the sun. In fact, San Francisco gets 55% more annual sun-hours than Germany, which has a lot more solar power installed than the U.S.

Solar has become popular in the area, among both homeowners and businesses. Northern California solar provider Vista Solar has been busy building commercial solar installations there.


The company announced today that it will install a 160 kW solar system for food and wine distributor Lettieri & Company, located just south of San Francisco in Brisbane.


A business like Lettieri can especially benefit from solar because of its needs to power not just lighting and air conditioning but also refrigeration and freezers, which require a lot of energy. The company’s solar system is expected to offset an impressive 99.6% of its electricity bill and generate positive cash flow savings from day one. Tax benefits account for 70% of the total system cost, and the cumulative 25-year savings are expected to total over $1.4 million.


“The timing was right for us to go solar, and we are excited to have Vista as our partner,” said Frank Lettieri, president of Lettieri & Company.


“Lettieri & Company is a perfect candidate for solar,” said Vista Solar President Jaymes Callinan. “Though Brisbane sees its fair share of foggy days, our engineers had no trouble designing a system that will offset their electric bill by nearly 100%.”


The installation will use high-efficiency Suniva modules and SMA TriPower inverters. Construction will begin at Lettieri & Company later this year and take about three weeks to complete.