Helped by generous state subsidies as well as new financing arrangements, a growing number of food retailers, both large and small, are trying out solar power, which lowers their electric bills while benefiting the environment. There are at three primary ways that supermarkets can acquire solar energy: buy and maintain their own solar panels; pay a fixed rate for 20 or 30 years to a solar services company under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA); or pay via a PPA with an option to buy the ...

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