Maryland’s Eastern Shore is typically known for crabs but thanks to the business acumen and social responsibility of chicken industry leader Perdue Farms, it is now making its mark for renewable energy.  At today’s event, Gov. Martin O’Malley and others celebrated the completion of one of the largest commercially owned solar power systems in the eastern United States and commended Perdue and its partners Standard Solar and WGES for bringing solar to MD in such a big way.

The installation at Perdue’s headquarters in Salisbury, MD sits on six acres of Perdue property and is the company’s latest initiative supporting its commitment to being environmentally friendly. It will supply electricity to adjacent Perdue Corporate headquarters, and is the final phase of nearly 12,000 panels installed at two Perdue facilities. Clean electricity from the solar panels in both Salisbury, MD and Bridgeville, DE will reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons per year, the equivalent of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 300,000 gallons of gasoline per year.

“Completion of this project is another step forward in our commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Jim Perdue, chairman, Perdue Incorporated. “Stewardship is one of Perdue’s core values, so this is a perfect fit for the way we do business.”