Last updated on December 7th, 2016 at 03:37 pm
Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added produce and healthy fresh foods in North America, has completed its latest solar installation at its new prepared fresh foods facility in Dallas, Texas. The 1 MW roof mount array spans nearly four acres with 3,520 panels installed, making it one of the largest commercial solar installations in the state.
In conjunction with the announcement, Taylor Farms Texas hosted an event inaugurating the project at the new facility on Dec. 6. Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability at Taylor Farms, delivered a welcome speech, alongside guest speaker Jeff Reed, senior program manager at ONCOR Energy, and Ralph Ynostrosa, VP of operations at Taylor Farms Texas.
“We are excited to unveil our first large scale energy project outside of California. This is an important step for Taylor Farms in taking our sustainability initiatives nationwide,” said Flewell. “We are very pleased by the success we’ve had working alongside our Texas partners in making this project possible.”
In partnership with ONCOR’s Solar Program, a Dallas-based energy distributor, and support from energy provider MP2, Taylor Farms began construction on the roof in mid-September. The system will produce 1.1 megawatt (MW) of direct current (DC) power for the facility daily—an approximate 17 percent energy offset for the plant.
“ONCOR is pleased to partner with Taylor Farms, and all of our participants, to successfully install and implement solar systems,” said Reed. “Energy efficiency is important to our business customers, and to make sure we can help meet their needs we offer several energy efficiency programs. These programs provide incentives that assist them in installing a solar system to reduce their energy consumption and contribute to positively impact the environment.”
The Dallas facility, which employs 1,100 people, is one of Taylor Farms’ largest solar arrays. The Dallas project is the eighth major Taylor Farms project in the U.S. including solar, wind, cogeneration and water recycling.
Salinas, California-based Taylor Farms broke ground on the new state-of-the-art Dallas deli facility in February 2015. With 220,000 s.f. of production space and an additional 500 new jobs, the new facility allows Taylor Farms to add both capacity and capabilities to the growing customer base. The facility is now producing items that had not been possible before, including sandwiches, wraps, meat and cheese trays, fruit cups and snack options.