Campbell’s Soup Goes Solar

The roof of the Campbell Soup Company’s World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey is now home to a 4.4 megawatt (MW) solar power project. The installation went online March 12, 2018. 

Campbell’s joins other high profile consumer brands in their commitment to renewable energy. Among others, Heineken and Budweiser made announcements earlier this year.

The project was constructed in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy, SunPower Corp and ORIX. It joins four existing renewable energy projects at Campbell facilities in the U.S that contribute more than 27,000 MW Hours of renewable energy to the grid annually:

  • 9.8 MW solar array in Napoleon, Ohio
  • 1 MW solar array in Bloomfield, Conn
  • 1.2 MW fuel cell
  • 1.4 MW fuel cell in Bloomfield, Conn

Construction began on the Camden project in May 2017. As you can see from the video below, it is quite impressive.

It features rooftop, carport and ground-mount solar solutions. Arrays with 2.7MW of capacity are installed across the headquarters campus. An additional ground mount array stands on an adjacent 4.5-acre remediated brownfield that BNB Renewable Energy purchased specifically for the project. The land was otherwise unusable but now increases the capacity of the system by 1.7MW. The project will also feature five electric vehicle-charging stations

Campbell’s to use 5M kilowatt hours per year

Campbell’s renewable projects are delivering clean energy to the grid and demonstrating the viability of energy sources like solar. They contribute to our long-term sustainability strategy and deliver on our commitment to expand renewable energy” said Jim Prunesti, Vice President of Global Engineering for Campbell Soup.

The system will generate more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or the equivalent of approximately 20 percent of the annual electricity usage of Campbell’s World Headquarters.

The project is jointly owned by BNB and ORIX USA, a diversified financial company with a strong commitment to renewables. BNB is managing the project under a 20-year management services agreement and Campbell’s commits to purchasing all electricity from the plant during those 20 years.

Carbon is reduced, BNB and ORIX have the stability of a long term contract and Campbell’s gets a guaranteed deal on electricity for 20 years.

Nothing else to say except Mm! Mm! Good!

The Campbell’s Soup Label, logo and ‘SOUP’ on our post’s image are the property of the Campbell Soup Company and are used here for illustrative purposes.

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