The Los Angeles division of U.S. Foodservice has put on line a 1.15 megawatt solar system that is projected to provide 16% of the energy needs at the company’s La Mirada, Calif., warehouse.

“U.S. Foodservice is continually looking for ways to reduce its environmental impact,” Gene Steffes, division president, said in a news release. “Our goals are to safeguard the environment, minimize waste, conserve resources, recycle materials and provide customers with environmentally preferable products.”

The mostly roof mounted solar panels will generate enough electricity to power up to 150 average U.S. homes for one year, and the nearly 5,000 solar panels represent one of the largest systems in Southern California, according to the release.

The July 13 launch of the solar project came three months after Rosemont, Ill.-based U.S. Foodservice completed a similar project at the company’s San Francisco facilities. More solar projects are on the drawing board for U.S. Foodservice, said Elizabeth Strickert, a spokeswoman for the company.

U.S. Foodservice is leasing the solar system from Taiwan-based DelSolar Co. Ltd.