Industrial, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - November 16, 2022
Dole Fresh Vegetables Adds Wind Turbines
Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole plc announced the implementation and activation of two General Electric 2.8 Megawatt wind turbines at its salad processing plant in Soledad, California.
Each Dole turbine generating power to the facility is primarily delivered to the Dole facility’s electrical system with any excess clean energy generated flowing directly to the Pacific Gas & Electric grid.
The environmental benefits of the project are expected to be significant according to forecasts. Pursuant to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalency Calculator, this wind project is estimated to directly reduce CO2 emissions by 14,921 tons per year.
“Representing an important milestone in our sustainability journey, these turbines will have a substantial impact on our operations’ carbon footprint,” stated Timothy Escamilla, President of Dole Fresh Vegetables in a statement. “They are projected to produce over 19 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity per year, which will result in a 70% offset to our overall energy consumption at this site.”
Seeking domestically produced renewable energy and reducing the company’s reliance on fossil-fuel power to make a markable positive impact against climate change is in line with the company’s The Dole Way framework. Launched in 2020, the program’s goal is to keep improving opportunities for communities around the world by being an important pioneer of change.