Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, announced that construction of three community solar projects totaling 12.67 MWdc is complete, making the cooperative the largest food company in the world to be 100% powered by renewable energy. These solar projects are part of the 32 MWdc Butter Solar Portfolio which is owned and operated by BluEarth Renewables US.
To reach its 100% renewable electricity commitment set forth in 2017, Organic Valley collaborated with OneEnergy Renewables and a group of midwestern municipal utilities referred to as the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG). In late 2018, BluEarth Renewables acquired Butter Solar and they began construction in January 2019. Butter Solar will provide 23,000 people across 10 Midwest communities, including six in Organic Valley’s project portfolio, with reduced energy costs for more than 25 years through projects in or near their community.
Organic Valley says it will continue to focus on a sustainable future for rural America. In addition to the economic benefits of these municipal solar projects, the sites will feature grazing sheep and pollinator habitats under the panels. Organic Valley is also developing new projects and partnerships that aim to help rural American farms increase their sustainability, both financially and environmentally, the company says.