Hormel Foods Corporation and IGS Solar are installing a solar system, consisting of nearly 2,000 panels on both roof and ground space, at the Hormel Foods Swiss American Sausage Company facility in Lathrop, Calif. 

The project, slated for completion in July, should generate roughly 1.2 million kilowatt hours per year — enough to supply more than 15% of the facility’s annual electricity consumption, according to a company release.

The new solar array system installed by PCI Solar will offset an estimated 869 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year that would otherwise be emitted by a conventional fossil fuel power plant, equivalent to removing 185 cars from the road annually or avoiding burning 950,419 pounds of coal. 

“We place great emphasis on minimizing our environmental impacts when producing food for customers and consumers around the world,” said Tom Raymond, director of environmental sustainability at Hormel Foods. “This project supports our environmental sustainability goals and is another example of the company’s commitment and support of renewable energy.” 

In addition to providing meaningful energy savings for the company, IGS Solar is assisting Hormel Foods to integrate solar generation into their energy portfolio, while helping them better control the long-term energy costs for their buildings. IGS Solar will own, operate and maintain the array.

The Hormel Foods project is the latest California installation for PCI Solar and will bring the company’s installed capacity in the state to over 8MW. 

Hormel Foods also supports the renewable energy markets by subscribing to community solar gardens at five manufacturing locations, including a co-sponsorship with Westar Energy for its first community solar garden near Wichita, Kan., where the company manufactures most of its Hormel® Natural Choice® bacon products. The company also recently announced a virtual power purchase agreement for wind energy. 

For more information, visit csr.hormelfoods.com/.

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