Campbell plans a solar system at Sacramento plant
Oct. 19, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. has entered a power purchase agreement and land lease agreement with American Capital Energy to build a 2.3 mega-watt capacity PV solar power generation ground mount tracker system at the company’s facility in Sacramento, Calif.
“The planned solar array will benefit our many Sacramento neighbors,” said Brett Buatti, vice-president of manufacturing at the Sacramento plant. “When completed, it will have the equivalent effect, in terms of reduction of carbon, of taking approximately 500 passenger cars off the road each year. This project reaffirms Campbell’s commitment to the Sacramento community and will help us continue to operate at world-class manufacturing standards.”
Campbell will lease the land to ACE, and ACE will own the system and be responsible for its construction, operation and maintenance. Under the agreement, Campbell will buy all of the electrical power the system generates. This is expected to provide about 10% of the electricity the plant requires annually. During the 20-year agreement, Campbell expects savings of about $2 million, and the project will eliminate about 58,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Sacramento.
The Sacramento facility supplies Campbell’s soups, sauces and beverages to 10 states and the Far East.