Hawaii-based Neighborhood Power Co. has installed a solar array for Cyanotech Corp., a producer of microalgae nutritional supplements.
The 2,280-panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech's 90-acre algae farm and is expected to produce nearly 1.2 GWh of electricity per year. Energy production is expected to meet all of Cyanotech's daytime requirements and should reduce overall electricity costs by 10%. The company will purchase the electricity through a power purchase agreement.
‘Environmental stewardship is a key tenet of Cyanotech's corporate mission,’ says Gerry Cysewski, chief science officer and co-founder of Cyanotech. ‘We are currently able to keep our carbon footprint down because our microalgae use carbon dioxide. The solar array will further reduce our greenhouse emissions and costs, making it a win-win for our bottom line and the environment.’