Taylor Farms Introduces Its Largest Solar Installation, a 8,204 Solar Panel System
SALINAS, CA & TRACY, CA – Fresh food provider Taylor Farms announced today that it has completed the company’s largest solar panel installation to date—an array spanning 300,000-square-feet and supplying 67 percent of energy needs at the Taylor Farms Pacific facilities in Tracy, California.
"I am thrilled to see yet another one of our sustainability projects come to fruition, and this is one of our most exciting projects to date," said Nicole Flewell, Director of Sustainability. "With each installation, whether solar, wind, or cogeneration, we continue to add clean power to our facilities nationwide in the most sustainable manner possible."
This 8,204 panel installation spans 7.5 acres of rooftop space, making it the largest private solar panel array in San Joaquin County, according to a company press release. The system will provide 2.256 megawatts (MW) of direct current (DC) power to the facility, produce 3,697,800 kWh annually, and reduce C02 emissions by 2,752 metric tons.
Since 2012, Taylor Farms has invested in eight major sustainable power projects in North America including, solar, wind, fuel cells, and cogeneration. The company has installed five solar arrays at facilities in Texas, Tennessee, and three facilities in California, which together generate 8.4 Million kWh/year. The company also noted that it has dedicated sustainability resources to determine the best energy strategy for each location and pursue localized incentives to make projects economically viable.
Taylor Farms Pacific will be hosting an Open House and Launch Party at its onsite Innovation Center to celebrate the installation, the people of Taylor Farms, and the company’s commitment to community and to caring for the planet. Mayor of Tracy, Robert Rickman, will deliver a keynote speech, alongside Flewell.
"This is a wonderful achievement for Taylor Farms' sustainability program," noted Rickman, in a press releases. "We're excited about not only the innovation that Taylor Farms is bringing to the City of Tracy, but what's to come with our partnership."
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