Taylor Farms Retail has begun operating a newly installed sustainable solar panel energy system as of July 30, 2014.
The system features 2,250 solar panels on the roof of a Taylor Farms salad processing plant in Salinas CA. Energy from the panels will help power the plant with one million kilowatt-hours every year.
“Taylor Farms is committed to adopting cleaner energy and reducing its carbon footprint,” said John Petroff, director of sustainability at Taylor Farms. “The launch of our solar program is the result of a four-month installation and permitting process. The solar energy initiative is just the latest example of how Taylor Farms embraces sustainability.”
In September 2012, Taylor Farms Retail also implemented a fuel cell power system. This system provides Taylor Farms with a cleaner energy solution; for each unit of electricity generated, the fuel cells produce 30% less carbon dioxide and use 99.99% less water than a conventional power plant.
The two systems are capable of supplying the facility with about two-thirds of its typical demand for electricity. These investments in energy-generating equipment complement a strategy of using efficient machines and processes to minimize the demand for energy at Taylor Farms facilities.
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