Here at Taylor Farms, we celebrate the Earth everyday with our environmental sustainability initiatives. We know that one bag of salad won’t change the world but how we make it might! We make our products with our consumers, farmers, and our planet in mind; making products you can feel good about. Stay tuned this Earth month as we uncover 4 key ingredients in our recipe for a sustainable future, starting with our initiatives to save energy.
Through a combination of solar panels, a wind turbine, fuel cell technology and a cogeneration energy system, Taylor Farms has seen a total reduction of 12,190 metric tons of CO2 over the course of the year – equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2,588 vehicles. Our renewable and alternative energy initiatives reduce greenhouse gas emissions and power our operations with clean energy. With these environmentally-conscious sources of power, we’re on our way to new heights of energy independence!
We have installed a total of 18.5 acres of solar panels at 5 of our facilities, which together produce 8.4 MILLION kWh/YEAR! This massive amount of renewable energy is equivalent to the energy used to power 675 homes per year.
The blades of our 398-foot tall wind turbine in Gonzales, CA spin up to 20 rotations per minute and supply up to 1 megawatt of power. The greenhouse gas emissions avoided are equivalent to 3,823,584 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle during the course of a year.
Our Bloom Fuel Cells allow us to generate clean, reliable power onsite by converting natural gas into electricity. Producing a total of 7 million kWh/year, each kWh produced is up to 21% cleaner than the traditional utility grid.
Our natural-gas powered cogeneration system is an important part of our advanced, three-part renewable and alternative energy system, offsetting annual energy by 62% at our Gonzales, CA-based veggie facility. Together, power from our wind turbine, solar array and Concentric Power cogeneration plant reduces our carbon footprint and offsets annual energy usage by over 90%!
A sustainable future is important to us, and we will continue to focus on renewable energy in our journey to reduce our carbon footprint and promote a healthy environment. Stay tuned to learn more about our recipe for a more sustainable future!