New 1-megawatt solar array at Campbell’s Bloomfield Pepperidge Farm bakery
Posted: 17 April 2015 | Victoria White | No comments yet
A 1-megawatt (MW) solar array has officially come online at Campbell Soup Company’s Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Connecticut…
A 1-megawatt (MW) solar array has officially come online at Campbell Soup Company’s Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Commercial operation for the solar array, which is generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the bakery’s annual energy demand, began on 26 December 2014.
The ground-mounted, fixed-tilt array comprises 2,720 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels and sits on five acres of land leased from Pepperidge Farm. In its first year, the array is projected to produce more than 1.7MM kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Bloomfield array marks latest step in Campbell’s sustainability initiatives
The solar array in Bloomfield is the second largest to be installed at facilities owned by Campbell and it is one of the very few solar arrays operating at manufacturing sites in the industry. The Bloomfield array marks the latest step in the company’s sustainability initiatives to support the use of renewable energy. By 2020, Campbell aims to reduce energy use by 35 percent per ton of product produced and source at least 40 percent of the energy used by the company from renewable or alternative energy sources.
“We have been proud to work with our partners BNB and SunPower, along with the town of Bloomfield, to complete construction of this renewable installation,” said Harry Pettit, Manager of Systems and Infrastructure Engineering at Pepperidge Farm. “Pepperidge Farm has agreed to purchase the equivalent of 100% of the electricity produced by the system for 20 years. These efforts are part of Campbell’s long-term strategy to cut the environmental footprint of our product portfolio in half and deliver long-term value to our business and the communities where we live and work.”
Pepperidge Farm and BNB Renewable Energy Holdings (BNB), its corporate partner on renewable projects, began development of the project in 2012. A key to the project’s success is a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which Pepperidge Farm buys electricity at rates that are competitive with retail electricity, providing a hedge against rising electricity rates while supporting renewable energy development.
SunPower, a global solar technology and energy services provider, provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the Bloomfield project.
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