Solar power installations to bring energy to famous soup factory
The Campbell Soup Company’s production facility in Napoleon, Ohio, is getting an energy-efficient makeover thanks to BNB Renewable Energy Holdings and Enfinity America Corporation. The companies will soon pair up to co-develop a distributed generation pipeline that includes a 9.8 mega-watt solar project on 60 acres of land belonging to Camppell Soup.
The project would be the largest commercial solar project in which the electricity generated by the installation is utilized by the host facility, also known as an “inside the fence” project. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
Once the solar panels are up and running, Campbell Soup will purchase 100 percent of the electricity generated, which will cover approximately 15 percent of the plant’s annual electricity usage. Not only will the purchase of solar energy save the company money, but it is expected that the project will eliminate close to 250,000 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions in the region.
According to Campbell’s website, the company’s North American soup, sauces and beverage operations include 11 production facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Nearly 7,000 employees are employed in these two countries.