|[December 05, 2012]
Wind Turbine Creates Green Energy for Superior Farms
DIXON, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Superior Farms, the nation's largest lamb producer, today unveiled its
first onsite large-scale wind turbine at the company's Dixon processing
facility. It is scheduled to be operational by the beginning of the new
year, and expected to offset about 50% of the company's total energy use
at that location.
A 1 MegaWatt Mitsubishi (News - Alert) wind turbine is erected at the Superior Farms Lamb processing facility in Dixon, California by Foundation Windpower. The green energy turbine will offset 50% of the facility's energy needs each year. (Photo: Business Wire)
The new wind turbine provides roughly one megawatt of power with a tower
55 meters high and a blade diameter of 61.4 meters, resulting in height
of approximately 280 feet to the tip of the blade at its highest point.
The unit is projected to produce 2,200,000 kilowatt hours annually. Over
the 20-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement the project will
contribute to energy expense savings as well as provide price certainty
for the electricity produced.
"We are one of the first companies to install a turbine like this - and
certainly the first lamb company in the United States," said Ed Jenks,
CEO for Superior Farms. "We are committed at every facet of our business
to sustainability. The entire company is proud that we are making this
statement of environmental stewardship."
Under the PPA arrangement, California-basedFoundation Windpower
installs, owns and operates the wind turbine and Superior Farms
purchases the power produced. The endeavor is the equivalent carbon
offset to removing approximately 800 cars from the road and is the
equivalent to powering more than approximately 250 average American
Clark Peterson, Dixon's Plant Engineer, first started talking to
Foundation Windpower in 2011. A California wind survey named Dixon a
"high wind area" with average winds 12-15 miles per hour. After
discussions with several green companies, including solar opportunities,
Peterson recommended the partnership with Foundation Windpower.
"I've been looking at ways to save energy since I got here because it
affects our bottom line. A side benefit is the more energy we save the
more green we are," said Peterson. "We already had cardboard recycling
in place, we've worked on lighting efficiencies and power factor
correction that gets us better energy usage. We've eliminated some
systems that were duplicated, streamlining some processes. I'm
absolutely open to any new technologies that can help us save energy and
go green in the process."
"We are delighted to announce this partnership with Superior Farms. Our
project is highly visible evidence that the largest lamb processor in
the Western U.S. is also the most forward thinking on issues of
sustainability and renewable energy," said Matt Wilson, CEO of
Foundation Windpower. "The food industry is increasingly focused on
sustainability measures. For instance, Walmart, Safeway, Nestle Waters
and Anheuser-Busch all recently commissioned distributed wind projects
in California with Foundation Windpower. Indeed, reduced energy costs
and improved sustainability scores are a compelling combination for the
food processing industry nationwide," he concluded.
Superior Farms plans a more formal "Ribbon Cutting" event and tour after
the turbine is operational in 2013.
Superior Farms, founded in 1963 with headquarters in Davis, California,
is North America's largest processor and marketer of lamb. The company
is the recognized leader in the retail and foodservice markets it
serves, providing products and services to customers throughout the
United States, Canada, and more than 10 countries. The company has
approximately 400 employee-owners at its nationwide network of
facilities and offices. @eatlamb
Foundation Windpower develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates
utility-scale distributed wind projects on-site at large energy
consumers to reduce energy costs while delivering 100% renewal
electricity through long-term power purchase agreements. Their projects,
totaling 22 MW at 11 sites, require no capital expense from customers.
Customers include cement plants, mines, food processors, manufacturers,
refrigerated warehouses, water treatment plants and data centers.
Foundation Windpower has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, CA (News - Alert).
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