MERCER SOLAR PROJECT
In July 2010, Mercer commissioned a 1-megawatt photovoltaic solar system designed to augment our operations center production facilities. Taking into account the variations in available sunlight, this system provides up to 60 percent of the total electrical needs of the Mercer facility. The solar system installation took several months, and integrating this new technology with our existing freeze-drying machinery and equipment required a significant investment of time and capital.
The solar park comprises over 5 acres, and has provided constant and renewable energy. The final metrics show that the CO2 emissions at Mercer Foods have dropped by more than 30,000 tons annually. This is the equivalent of planting over 500 acres of trees, and the new solar array can generate a significant amount of our required energy during peak work hours.