Campbell Soup Company says a 1 MW solar array at its Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the bakery’s annual energy demand since the array began operating on Dec. 26, 2014.
The ground-mounted, fixed-tilt array comprises 2,720 SunPower solar panels and sits on five acres of land leased from Pepperidge Farm. In its first year, the array is projected to produce more than 1.7 million kWh.
The solar array in Bloomfield is the second largest to be installed at facilities owned by Campbell, Pepperidge Farm’s parent company. By 2020, Campbell aims to reduce energy use by 35 percent per ton of product produced and source at least 40 percent of the energy used by the company from renewable or alternative energy sources.
Pepperidge Farm has agreed to purchase the equivalent of 100 percent of the electricity produced by the system under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Pepperidge Farm and BNB Renewable Energy Holdings (BNB), its corporate partner on renewable projects, began development of the project in 2012. Under the PPA, Pepperidge Farm buys electricity at rates that are competitive with retail electricity. Through the state of Connecticut’s Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program, administered by Eversource Energy and the United Illuminating Company, BNB secured an agreement with Eversource for the utility to purchase the solar renewable energy credits (RECs) and environmental benefits associated with the system.