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STION & Garvey Wholesale Beverage Team Up for Commercial Solar in Rosemead, CA

March 18, 2015 | By Business Wire News

SAN JOSE, Calif.

Stion Corporation, a leading US-based manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar modules and developer of turnkey photovoltaic solar solutions, announced today that it has completed a 100 Kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop solar project at Garvey Wholesale Beverage, a family-owned beverage distribution business based in Rosemead, California.

Stion Energy Services, the project development arm of Stion Corporation, was selected by Garvey Wholesale Beverage to provide a turn-key solution for the project which was successfully commissioned at the end of December 2014. The solar installation will offset a significant portion of the electricity used by the company for their operations, and represents another commitment of the adoption of solar power by commercial customers.

“We believe that using solar power will safeguard against our increasing electricity costs,” said Phil Capriccio, President of Garvey Wholesale Beverage. “We are a conservative business that has been in operation since 1967 but after evaluating the different technology options available to us, we recognized that the Stion solution provided us with the highest Kilowatt hour (kWh) performance and the best overall value to us.”

Stion’s customized rooftop solar system, powered by 720 Stion high-performance thin-film modules, will generate approximately 180,000 kWh of electricity per year. “This Stion rooftop system, which is one of the largest commercial solar systems in the City of Rosemead, will produce the highest energy yield for a solar system located in the immediate vicinity,” commented Kevin Mackamul, Sr. Director of Engineering for Stion.

“We really appreciated the Stion team’s expertise and professionalism throughout the entire process, which was complicated by both a requirement to utilize a customized racking solution to support the structural limitations of our roof and a custom design that accommodated multiple meters,” added Anthony Capriccio, Controller of Garvey Wholesale Beverage.

About Stion:

Stion is a leading US-based manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of solar solutions. Stion was founded in 2006 and is backed by Khosla Ventures, the largest institutional investor in clean technology in the US. Stion is headquartered in San Jose, CA and opened its first high volume production facility in Hattiesburg, MS in 2012. For more information, visit

About Garvey Wholesale Beverage:

Garvey Wholesale Beverage is a family owned and operated company, which has been in business for over 45 years. Originally started as a satellite distributor to get product to farms and farmers markets, today, Garvey has grown to become the leading cash and carry beverage distributor in Southern California. For more information, visit

Stion Corporation
Drew Banks, 408-284-7205


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