Sol Systems Takes a Bite out of Food Waste During Bi-annual Community Service Day

17 Jan 2017

The team worked swiftly and diligently to sort items of food into their respective bins.

The Sol Systems team worked diligently over a 3-hour period to collect, sort and box food items for the CAFB.

Did you know that 40% of food in America is discarded rather than consumed by the 43 million Americans that are hungry? The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is in a powerful position to help reduce this waste. The CPG plays a huge role in the American economy as the largest single source for manufacturing jobs  and supports over 30,000 communities across the nation. As the industry works to refine efficiencies in the supply chain, reduction of food waste will drive greater sustainability.

Sol Systems’ core philosophy, also called the Heart of Sol, aligns with the three pillars of sustainability:

  • Environmental Protection: The world’s health is our health.
  • Social Equity: Society’s well-being is our well-being.
  • Economic Prosperity: Thriving businesses support thriving communities.

At Sol, minimizing waste is a company tenant, which is why we selected the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as our community service partner for a biannual company-wide day of service. Our group of 70 driven professionals with ranging expertise in finance, energy, engineering, legal, construction management, and business development, set out on a three-hour shift to sort, pack, label, and organize boxes of fresh produce, canned goods and dry good items in the food bank’s distribution warehouse. With exceptional teamwork, we completed all of the tasks with 30 minutes to spare. Our total impact almost filled the room with:

  • 1,560 units of fresh produce
  • 3,200 units of canned goods
  • 1,200 units of dry goods

As a whole, the Sol Systems team helped sort and package over 5,960 units of food.

Each year, CAFB helps 540,000 people get access to good, healthy food – that’s 12% of the families in the Washington D.C. region. Similar to CAFB, food banks around the nation serve as partners with food and beverage manufactures in the CPG industry to implement food waste diversion programs and improve sustainability in the supply chain.

Sol is proud to deliver energy – whether it’s through volunteer hours or solar development and financing to like-minded companies. Collectively, we can make a real impact for a more sustainable world.


Sol Systems, a national solar finance and development firm, delivers sophisticated, customized services for institutional, corporate, and municipal customers. Sol is employee-owned, and has been profitable since inception in 2008. Sol is backed by Sempra Energy, a $25+ billion energy company.

Over the last eight years, Sol Systems has delivered more than 500 MW of solar projects for Fortune 100 companies, municipalities, universities, churches, and small businesses. Sol now manages over $650 million in solar energy assets for utilities, banks, and Fortune 500 companies.

Inc. 5000 recognized Sol Systems in its annual list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for four consecutive years. For more information, please visit

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Jade Turpin

Jade Turpin