Gills Onions Launches Newest Sustainability Initiative
- by Anne Allen
OXNARD, CA - Gills Onions has doubled down on its sustainability efforts. The company has announced the addition of solar energy to its already comprehensive sustainability portfolio that it has been cultivating and growing for a decade.
“We established sustainability priorities to ensure the greatest impact across our operation,” Owner Steven Gill said. “We face many challenges in our business, including minimizing our environmental footprint while also ensuring the safety and highest quality of our products. We are moving forward with innovation and great enthusiasm as we explore ways to do so. We are maintaining this focus even as we continue to navigate this challenging economic and regulatory environment. Our vision is for the long term and so is our commitment.”
The new 472 KW(dc) solar roof array at Gills Onions’ Oxnard-based processing facility was developed by REC Solar, a division of Duke Energy Renewables and one of the country’s leading suppliers of on-site and off-site renewable energy solutions. The solar roof will produce 13,791 fewer metric tons of emissions, which is about the same carbon sequestered by 16,231 forest acres for a year, according to a press release.
“At Gills Onions, it is our goal to provide the highest-quality onion products with the lowest environmental impact,” said Gill. “We are pleased to partner with REC Solar on our latest initiative. We’re continually evolving our sustainability program to positively impact our environment.”
This project is one of many that makes up Gills Onions’ sustainability portfolio, which includes projects that help address the reduction of emissions, carbon, and waste; water conservation; efficient land usage and conservation; environmentally preferable and safe packaging choices; and quality of life for farmers, employees, and the communities the company inhabits.
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