Superior Farms is erecting its first onsite large-scale wind turbine at the company’s Dixon, Calif., processing facility. It is scheduled to be operational by the beginning of 2013, and expected to offset about 50 percent of the company’s total energy use at that location.
The new wind turbine provides roughly 1 MW with a tower 55 meters high and a blade diameter of 61.4 meters, resulting in height of approximately 280 feet to the tip of the blade at its highest point. The unit is projected to produce 2.2 million kWh annually.
Over the 20-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement with California-based Foundation Windpower, the project will contribute to energy expense savings as well as provide price certainty for the electricity produced. Foundation Windpower installs, owns and operates the wind turbine and Superior Farms purchases the power produced.
Dixon is considered a high-wind area, with average winds 12-15 miles per hour.
Superior Farms has implemented other energy measures, including lighting efficiencies and power factor correction that improves energy usage, said Clark Peterson, Dixon’s Plant Engineer.