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Industrial, Solar  -  December 4, 2019

Conagra Brands signs agreement for 2 MW Illinois solar farm

Conagra Brands announced on Dec. 4 that it has entered into a 15-year service agreement to place eight acres of solar panels on the company's Stl Elmo, Ill. facility property. The energy generated by the photovoltaic array will be equivalent to the amount needed to produce approximately 35% of all Wish-bone salad dressings as well as Log Cabin and Mrs. Butterworth's syrups produced at the facility.  

The agreement with SolAmerica Energy calls for the 2-megawatt system to be developed under the Illinois Shines initiative, a state-administered incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation in Illinois. Under the program, RECs from the system will be purchased by Ameren Illinois.

"At Conagra Brands, we strive to be mindful of our impact on the environment," Katya Hantel, director of sustainable development for Conagra Brands, said in a statement. "Exploring renewable energy technologies is just one of the many ways the company is investing in a more sustainable future."

Developers of the solar project expect construction to be completed in Spring 2020.

Following its history of increasing the company’s sustainability, Conagra plans to explore other renewable energy projects at other facilities in the coming years. In 2015, several of the company’s manufacturing facilities were recognized for superior energy performance and received Energy Star certification.

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