Sakata Seed America Inc. in mid-October plans to begin generating nearly 100% of the electricity it uses, thanks to a new solar power system that will come online.
The 670 kilowatt project, installed by the Solar Co., Castro Valley, will produce more than 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, according to a news release.
The project is a mix of roof-mount panels on two buildings and a ground-mount system on adjoining vacant land. Altogether, about 2,000 panels were involved, making it one of the largest solar-power projects so far in Santa Clara County, according to the release.
It is also the latest part of a three-year plan to reduce the Morgan Hill, Calif.-based vegetable and flower seed company's overall resource consumption.
Other projects that have been completed include installing low-flow toilets, changing light bulbs to more energy efficient options, recycling materials and installing window tinting to reduce air-conditioner use.
The company also has a GreenUp Team, comprising employees, that has helped push forward many of these projects, such as the paper and food container recycling.