Nestle Purina PetCare unveiled the company's largest solar array at its petfood manufacturing facility in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The solar array, designed and installed by United Renewable Energy, is comprised of nearly 1,900 solar panels, which will produce more than 585,000 kilowatt hours of clean, sustainable energy each year. The energy will be used to power equipment in various areas of the petfood production facility, including processing, packaging and warehouse.
The solar array produces enough energy to power nearly 52 average-sized homes annually, or about 5,000 light bulbs for a year. A solar array of this size has a carbon offset that equates to a CO2 emissions reduction of approximately 16 million pounds.
Nestle Purina purchases its electricity from Georgia Power Company, which derives 7 percent of its total electric energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind and biomass.
Additionally, Nestle Purina donated US$5,000 to the Douglas County, Georgia, K9 Unit in celebration of the solar array.
For more about sustainability in petfood, watch Jan Hoijtink's Petfood Forum 2010 PowerPoint, "Corporate social responsibility: from whim to a matter of strategy."
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