Following the construction of three new community solar projects in the US, Organic Valley has become powered by 100% renewable electricity.
The solar projects form part of the Butter Solar Portfolio, which is owned and operated by BluEarth Renewables US.
Organic Valley will now buy renewable energy credits from the three solar projects for more than 25 years.
“Our community solar partnership allows us to share the benefits of solar energy with our rural neighbours, advancing our mission to care for the people and farms we work with, as well as our planet,” said Bob Kirchoff, CEO of Organic Valley.
“Just as ours has done, community-scale solar projects can also create meaningful and good-paying jobs where they are needed most.”
In addition to the economic benefits of these municipal solar projects, the sites will feature grazing sheep and pollinator habitats under the solar panels.
Jamey Fitzgibbon, executive vice-president, engineering and construction, at BluEarth Renewables, said: “With the construction of the entire Butter Solar Portfolio nearing completion, we are proud to partner with organisations such as Organic Valley and make these valuable solar projects a reality for the local communities.
“As we add more renewable energy to the power grid every day, we are committed to creating a more sustainable environment for generations to come.”
Last month, Organic Valley launched a new line of ultra-filtered organic milk called Ultra, which is said to have 50% more organic protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk.
Organic Valley represents nearly 2,000 farmers in 34 US states and has over $1.1 billion in sales.
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