Taylor Farms, a California-based maker of salads and other produce in North America, says it has expanded its commitment to renewable energy with a new solar project at the company’s facility in Dallas.
According to the company, the 1 MW rooftop array spans nearly four acres and features 3,520 panels – making it one of the largest commercial solar installations in the state of Texas. Taylor Farms says the solar project is expected to offset almost 20% of the plant’s energy usage, and the installation represents the company’s eighth major cleantech project in the U.S., which also include solar, wind, cogeneration and water recycling investments.
“We are excited to unveil our first, large-scale energy project outside of California. This is an important step for Taylor Farms in taking our sustainability initiatives nationwide,” says Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability at Taylor Farms. “We are very pleased by the success we’ve had working alongside our Texas partners in making this project possible.”
Taylor Farms says it added the system with support from energy distributor ONCOR’s solar program and energy provider MP2.
“ONCOR is pleased to partner with Taylor Farms, and all of our participants, to successfully install and implement solar systems,” comments Jeff Reed, senior program manager at ONCOR Energy Efficiency. “Energy efficiency is important to our business customers, and to make sure we can help meet their needs, we offer several energy efficiency programs. These programs provide incentives that assist them in installing a solar system to reduce their energy consumption and contribute to positively impact the environment.”
Taylor Farms says it plans to continue pursuing opportunities to lead renewables projects across North America.