Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 2, 2019

Organic Valley becomes largest food company to source 100% RE

Organic Valley, America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, announced that construction of three community solar projects totaling 12.67 MWdc is complete, making the cooperative the largest food company in the world to be 100% renewably powered.

"Our community solar partnership allows us to share the benefits of solar energy with our rural neighbors, advancing our mission to care for the people and farms we work with, as well as our planet," says Bob Kirchoff, CEO of Organic Valley., in a statement. "Just as ours has done, community-scale solar projects can also create meaningful and good-paying jobs where they are needed most."

For more than 25 years, Organic Valley will buy RECs from these three solar projects, owned and operated by BluEarth Renewables, to help support the project and keep electricity prices low for everyone that lives in these rural Midwestern communities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Other organizations including Dr. Bronner's, the City of Madison, Lime, and Native Energy have also agreed to buy RECs from their own project or groups of projects, as part of a shared commitment to lower their carbon footprint. "It was the combined financial impact of all the REC partners that enabled the projects to be financially viable; scaling up is what made this possible," says Stanley Minnick, Energy Services & Technology Manager of Organic Valley.

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