Lunds Installs Efficient Sol Inc. Exterior Lighting Solar and grid tied LED lighting installed at new store in Minneapolis, MN

PALM CITY, Fla., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sol Inc., a leading global provider of solar and grid powered LED outdoor lighting solutions, recently provided Lund Food Holdings, Inc. with 12 high-intensity grid tied 20/20ª LED light systems combined with a solar powered 20/20ª system at the new Lunds supermarket located at 12th St. and Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lund Food Holdings, Inc. operates 11 Lunds and 11 Byerly's upscale supermarkets in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and is one of the premiere food retailers in the Twin Cities.

"Providing a reliable lighting source that can illuminate our parking lot better and requires less maintenance and energy costs will enrich our customers' shopping experience," said Brian Kopp, general manager of Lunds Hennepin Avenue. "The fixtures' streamlined look and ability to limit light to the surface of our lot allow them to blend into the environment and create minimal distraction to our residential neighbors."

"We were looking at every opportunity to incorporate sustainable technology as part of an effort to reduce the store's environmental impact while reducing energy use, and using Sol Inc.'s 20/20ª LED lighting helped us accomplish both," said Mike Edgett, senior project manager for Lund Food Holdings, Inc. "Using Sol Inc. lighting was just a part of our commitment to identify and implement many green building solutions on this project. Sol Inc.'s unique ability to combine solar with high-efficiency grid powered LED lighting was a big plus for us. We are in the process of applying for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, and the installation of the energy-efficient LED lights will help us attain the credits required for this certification."

Edgett added that Sol Inc.'s LED lighting solutions will be considered for additional store locations.

Tony Loftsgaarden, Vice President of Master Electric, who worked on this installation, was impressed by the quality of the LED lights. Loftsgaarden partnered with Lunds and Sol Inc. in incorporating the 20/20ª solar powered system that illuminates the entrance to the parking lot. "Installing the solar light was easy because it arrived preprogrammed and all we had to do was place it in the base, connect the plugs and the lights came on," said Loftsgaarden. "It's great to know that these lights are saving energy and not polluting the environment." Loftsgaarden's team also retrofitted existing bases with the new Sol lights and poles. "They are nice looking low-profile lights that really brighten up the parking lot, and my team received numerous compliments from residents across the street because the great optics prevent the light from invading their space," said Loftsgaarden.

"Our LED lights are a great solution for the Lund Food Holdings, Inc. and other retail projects," said Paul Wickberg, President and CEO of Sol Inc. "The exceptional output and uniformity are second to none, and they look remarkable, whether conventional or solar powered. When we presented our products to the Lunds team, it was a straightforward decision to support our LED lights through decreased energy consumption, reduced maintenance, better overall sight lighting and extended life. Lunds will realize savings for many years to come."

Sol Inc. offers intelligent and customizable solar lighting solutions for corporate, retail, government and municipal use throughout the world. For more information about Sol Inc., please visit


About Lund Food Holdings, Inc.

Extraordinary food, exceptional service and passionate expertise are the cornerstones of Lunds and Byerly's. Lund Food Holdings, Inc. operates 11 Lunds and 11 Byerly's grocery stores in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. All 22 stores feature certified organic produce, signature Lunds and Byerly's products, dry-aged beef and more.

About Sol Inc.

Sol Inc. is the world leader in solar LED outdoor lighting solutions with more than 50,000 systems installed worldwide. Since 1990, Sol has introduced innovative outdoor solar powered lighting systems that provide unsurpassed levels of illumination and reliability. Sol Inc. develops, manufactures and markets commercial and industrial-grade solar powered lighting systems for a wide range of lighting applications including area and security, street and roadways, signs, billboards, transit and shelter lighting.

Michele McDermott

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