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Press Release

(Release Date: March 22, 2011)

Mesa’s Anzio Landing is first totally solar powered restaurant in Arizona

 Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins cut the ribbon and threw the switch converting Anzio Landing Italian Restaurant into its new status as the first solar powered restaurant in Arizona.  The event took place today during an open house and reception at the restaurant, located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.

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Ribbon cutting for Anzio Landing solar project. (L to R, Mayor Scott Smith, Anzio Landing owner, Rich Cutshall,
Councilwoman Dina Higgins and
President of Sales and Marketing at Green Choice Solar, Tony Doran)

“The public is making it clear that they want the businesses they patronize to take steps to reduce the impact on the environment.  So we got creative and started looking at what we could do to respond in a big way,” Anzio Landing owner Rich Cutshall said.

The project, designed and built by Green Choice Solar of Scottsdale, involves covering four new parking structures with 799 Schott Poly-220 panels that will generate 290,000 kilowatt hours a year.  “That's enough power to meet the needs of 40 Arizona homes every year,” Green Choice Solar Sales and Marketing President Tony Doran said.  “Over a period of 25 years, the system will eliminate 11.5 million pounds of greenhouse gases that would have been produced using conventional power generation.”  That is the equivalent of planting 133,500 trees or taking 1,000 cars off the road.  The system’s energy savings will be more than $1.3 million.

Creativity and a strong private-public sector partnership were critical to completing the project due to the number of parties involved.  Former Mesa Councilmember Rex Griswold, who founded the restaurant in 1989, still owns the building.  Because the restaurant is at Falcon Field Airport, the City of Mesa owns the land under the restaurant.  The FAA was also involved because the project was built on airport property and could have impacted flight services.  Green Choice Solar was a critical player in the design and financing of the project.  “Hopefully this project serves as an example to other small business owners that a public-private sector partnership can produce positive results,” Cutshall said.


For Further Information Contact:

Rich Cutshall – (480) 206-2998 or e-mail at

Rex Griswold – (480) 244-7222 or e-mail at

Tony Doran – (480) 398-2740 or e-mail at


Anzio Landing Restaurant is a full service, family restaurant located at Falcon Field Airport in East Mesa.  Located at the intersection of McDowell and Higley Roads, the restaurant features Italian – Mediterranean cuisine along with a wide selection of fine wines served in a relaxing Old Italian villa atmosphere.  In addition to a full dinner menu, Anzio Landing also provides decidedly more casual lunchtime dining with a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. In addition, Anzio Landing works with an outside theater company to provide guests with a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater experience once a month.  With a wall of windows overlooking Falcon Field’s main runway, diners enjoy an outstanding view of planes arriving and departing against a spectacular backdrop of mountains and sunsets.  The Restaurant is open 11 AM – 8 PM Monday through Thursday and 11 AM – 9 PM on Saturdays.  The restaurant is closed on Sundays.  Further information can be obtained at or by calling the restaurant at (480) 832-1188.

Green Choice Solar is the leading solar integrator in the southwest.  They design, install and maintain custom solar solutions for businesses of every size.  Government incentives and utility rebates make solar affordable for everyone.  Financing options are available through Green Choice Solar’s partnered banks.  Leasing is also a zero-down option for customers looking to reap the benefits of clean energy at a reduced cost.  Green choice solar is located at 15344 N. 83rd Way in Scottsdale and can be contacted at (480) 398-2740.  Further information can be obtained on-line at

Renewable Energy Initiatives - In 2006, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved the Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST). These rules require that regulated electric utilities must generate 15% of their energy from renewable resources by 2025.  In addition, in 2007, the Commission adopted rules that mandate that utilities get at least 20% of their renewable energy from distributed generation – installations on customer sites that feed into the main power grid but offset each customer’s individual usage.  The project at Anzio Landing falls into this category.  The Commission’s Renewable Energy Standards encourage utilities to use solar, wind, biomass, biogas, geothermal and other similar technologies to generate “clean” energy to power Arizona’s future