(Release Date: March
Mesa’s Anzio Landing
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.
“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
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
www.anziolanding.com 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 -
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