GROUND MOUNT SYSTEM
- System Specs | 2.8 MW
- System Production | 3,700 MWh
- Environmental Benefits | Eliminates the environmental impacts of 300,000 gallons of gasoline annually
Perdue has had a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship, so the company’s interest in solar energy was a natural development. In 2011, Perdue Inc. partnered with Standard Solar and Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) to flip the switch on 2.8 megawatts (MW) of solar PV power at the Salisbury, MD corporate headquarters and its feed mill facility in Bridgeville, DE. The installations on Perdue property are among the company’s latest initiatives supporting its commitment to being good environmental stewards.
For Perdue, the desire to be good environmental stewards is a cornerstone of their corporate responsibility goals and practices. But for any business, the bottom line has to be taken into account.
“Using solar power means we’ll have a clean energy source that doesn’t pollute or create greenhouse gases, while lowering Perdue’s energy costs over the life of the project,” says Steve Schwalb, vice president of Environmental Sustainability at Perdue.
The partnership with Standard Solar and WGES brought that sustainability ideal to reality. By entering into a long-term power purchase agreement with WGES, and having the operation of the system managed by the experts at Standard Solar, Perdue was able to move forward with their goals, reassured that they were making a good move not only for the environment, but for their business as well.
Today, the two installations at Perdue facilities are producing 3,700 megawatt (MW) hours of electricity annually, enough to power 340 U.S. homes, and offset greenhouse gas emissions from 300,000 gallons of gasoline per year. At peak capacity, the nearly 12,000 panels installed at the two Perdue locations will supply up to 90% of the energy required to run both facilities.
Perdue can count on predictable solar electricity costs for the next 15 years, proving that sustainability is both good for the environment and a good business practice.