Distributed Generation, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - December 16, 2021
Dairy Farmers of America Plant Unveil PA Solar Project
A 1.9 MW ground-mount solar project was installed at a Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) production facility in Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania, helping the family farmer-owned cooperative expand its commitment to a more sustainable future.
The solar project was initiated by solar development company Jordan Energy & Food Enterprises, then later acquired by DSD Renewables, who will act as the long-term owner of the solar system.
DFA’s sustainability program is a vital pillar of the cooperative’s social responsibility commitment with nearly 200 on-farm renewable energy projects currently operating. In 2020 alone, DFA had 15 solar projects in planning stages at member sites across the country.
“Sustainability and environmental stewardship are deeply ingrained in our family farmers’ operations. The DFA mark signifies our continuous commitment to sustainability in all of our efforts as we work toward a net-zero greenhouse gas footprint,” says Tom Shephard, Director of Energy Programs at DFA in a statement. “Working with DSD and Jordan Energy on the Middlebury Center project supports our growing investments in clean, renewable energy and helps create a sustainable future.”
The site will provide 18% of the plant’s yearly energy needs once it is operational. It will generate an estimated 2,012,633 kWh annually, offsetting the equivalent of 1,426 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.