If you were to ask any potato grower if green potatoes are good, the resounding answer would be no. However, today we are very proud to say our chipping potatoes are little bit greener! The solar panels at the sound end of our potato processing plant are now connected to the packing shed and we are now using solar power.
At 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon (March 24th, 2011), Winema Electric came to our facility in Malin and connected the solar panels to the inverter device on the shed that converts the energy from the panels into electricity. After Winema Electric was done, Matt tested our panels to make sure the systems were running without any problems. No problems were detected and just like that – we’re using solar power!
This system is expected to produce roughly 42% of the energy needed in the packing shed, or 146,713 kilowatt hours (KWH) a year. Not only will this allow us to lessen the impact we have on our environment and the power grid, it will also help keep operating costs down as well.
But, what does this mean for consumers? You can feel better about eating potato chips and french fries! That’s right – folks such as Frito-Lay and In-N-Out burger who buy our chipping potatoes and turn them into your favorite snack food or side dish are giving you an environmentally-friendly product (well, at least we think so!). Let the guilt-free snacking commence!
Please see our press release for additional information.