OneEnergy Renewables and Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced a first-of-its-kind community partnership that will enable the farmer-owned cooperative to become the largest food company in the world to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
"Our future demands bold new thinking about our sources of energy, and there is nothing more natural to a farmer than harnessing the power of the sun and the wind," said George Siemon, CEO and a founding farmer of Organic Valley. "So our cooperative is committed to achieving 100 percent renewable power, and doing it in partnership with the rural communities where we live and work."
OneEnergy Renewables, which is a CleanTech Alliance member, is collaborating with Organic Valley and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG) to create the new community solar partnership. Together, the partnership will initiate over 12 megawatts (MW) of solar installations in Wisconsin. The electricity created by this partnership will not only enable Organic Valley to cover 100 percent of its electric energy needs from renewable sources by 2019, but also increase overall solar energy use in Wisconsin by 15 percent.
"This initiative wouldn't have left the starting line without Organic Valley's leadership," said Bill Eddie, CEO of OneEnergy Renewables. "Both Organic Valley and UMMEG have been exceptional partners, and this effort exemplifies how companies are driving positive change nationwide right now."
Read more the pollinator-friendly technique that will be employed, and about the whole project, by reading the original post on OneEnergy's website.