Taylor Farms Installs One of Salinas Valley's First Wind Turbines
- by Jordan Okumura
SALINAS, CA – As of Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, Taylor Farms has begun the operation of one of Salinas Valley's first wind turbines. The 398 foot testament to the company's commitment to sustainability and clean energy will help power Taylor Farms' Gonzales vegetable processing facility.
“All of us at Taylor Farms are excited about this new wind turbine because it offers us a sustainable, clean energy generation solution,” shared Nicholas DaCosta, COO Taylor Farms Retail. “We have installed solar, fuel cell, and now a wind turbine into our energy generation system. These systems are part of our continued sustainable efforts.”
According to a press release, the wind turbine can spin at up to 20 rotations per minute and provide up to one megawatt of power.
This is not the first investment Taylor Farms has made towards sustainable energy. Earlier this year, Taylor Farms Retail installed a 2,250 solar panel energy system on the roof of its salad processing plant in Salinas, CA. This investment provides the plant with one million kilowatt hours every year.
The company also installed a fuel cell power system in September 2012. This system uses up to 30% less carbon dioxide and 99.99% less water per kilowatt hour than a conventional power plant.
Put together, these three initiatives comprise a core component of Taylor Farms' sustainability strategy. Congratulations on the excellent work, Taylor Farms!