Lundberg is Supporting Renewable Energy
In 2006, Lundberg Family Farms installed a 197kW rated solar field next to our rice dryer, one of the largest of its kind. The following year we installed an additional 185kW rated on the roof of one of our rice storage warehouses. As part of the construction of a new warehouse in January 2011, a 377kW rated solar field was installed on the roof aimed at generating 100% of the warehouse's energy usage. We are now generating approximately 11% of our total energy needs and 17% of our total electricity needs through these three systems, with a goal of generating 30% of our energy needs on-site by 2015 using clean, renewable technologies. We don’t want to cover all our rice fields with solar panels nor do we have enough wind availability in Richvale, so it may be difficult to ever get to 100% self-generation using renewable energy. However, we have partnered with Renewable Choice Energy in Colorado to help them install more wind farms around the West and offset our conventional electricity and natural gas usage- these are called renewable energy credits (RECs).
RECs are produced by
wind farms, biomass facilities and other renewable energy projects that
allow companies and consumers to offset their electricity use with
clean and renewable energy. By purchasing RECs, we are guaranteed that
the electricity we use, that is not produced from our solar panels, is
replaced on the national power grid with electricity generated from
renewable energy sources. The RECs we purchase go to support a portfolio of new wind farms, both big and small, around the country. These include:
Langdon Wind Energy Center, North Dakota
The Langdon Wind Energy Center located in Cavalier County near Langdon, North Dakota, is the second largest wind energy facility in North Dakota. The facility began operation in early 2008 and is capable of generating enough power for 40,000 homes. The project employed 269 people during construction and will continue to make a strong contribution to the local economy through permanent and stable jobs, lease payments to landowners and long term tax revenue for the county and nearby schools.
Champion Wind Farm, Texas
Situated on approximately 14,000 acres of agricultural land, the Champion project employed 500 people at its peak during construction, and will provide permanent operations jobs in this rural community. In addition to creating jobs across a wide range of disciplines, the project’s contribution to the tax base also helps to provide much needed tax revenues to rural school districts in Texas.
Wild Horse Wind Farm, Washington
The 127 turbines of the Wild Horse Wind Farm generate enough electricity to power approximately 69,000 homes in the Northwest. Kittitas County, east of Ellensburg, Washington, has benefi tted from clean power, jobs, and $1M annually in local property tax revenues. The project is located on the open ridge tops of Whiskey Dick Mountain, which was chosen for its abundant wind resource, remote location, and access to nearby power transmission lines.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm, Iowa
The 182 Vestas turbines of the Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm are located in northern Iowa along the Minnesota state line. Approximately 300 landowners participate under long-term lease and easement agreements for the project, which contributes to the economic well-being of the community through local spending, annual community investment, payments to landowners, thirty full-time jobs, and about 600 construction jobs.
School Power Projects, Various
School Power projects involve installing 50-kilowatt turbines on school campuses across America. Supported schools include:
American Wind - Project Detail
Quinter School District, Quinter, KS
Moscow High School, Moscow, KS
Springlake-Earth School District, Earth, TX
Dawson School District, Welch, TX
Shallowater School District, Shallowater, TX
Morton School District, Morton, TX
Crosbyton School District, Crosbyton, TX
In addition to our self-generation of renewable energy and our purchase of RECs, we have made significant strides in reducing our electricity and natural gas consumption in our drying, milling, processing, and storage facilities. By upgrading our lighting system, removing unnecessary motors, capturing waste heat, sealing cooling leaks, and other measures, we have reduced energy consumption by over 12% in the last two years.