Taylor Farms Pacific unveiled its new 300,000-square-foot solar installation situated atop its west San Joaquin County facility.
According to a statement released detailing the project, the solar array will provide 67 percent of the energy needs at the location.
There are 8,024 panels in the installation, which occupies 7.5 acres of the facility’s rooftops. Taylor Farms said it is the largest private solar panel array in the county, providing 2.256 megawatts of power to the facility. The clean energy project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,752 metric tons each year.
“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 Taylor Farms. “With each installation, whether solar, wind or cogeneration, we continue to add clean power to our facilities nationwide in the most sustainable manner possible.”
Taylor Farms, a salad and healthy foods producer, has installed eight such projects at its locations throughout the U.S. since 2012. Taylor Farms Pacific in Tracy employs more than 1,300 people.
“This is a wonderful achievement for Taylor Farms’ sustainability program,” said Robert Rickman, the mayor of Tracy. “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.”
New Solar Array to Provide 67 Percent of Tracy Facility’s Energy Needs, by Staff, Central Valley Business Journal, October 10, 2017.