Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) announced a new solar energy project for its bakery in Escondido, California. The project will see 3,150 solar panels installed on the roof and ground canopy structures to generate 1,775,000 kWh of electricity annually and reducing energy costs by 30%.
"We are excited to further our commitment to sustainability by introducing solar technology to our facilities," said James McKeown, Director of Sustainability at BBU in a press release. "We are always looking for new opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint and lead by example with our sustainable projects."
The facility's 107,500-square-foot solar array will have a 1.075 MW system and provide increased operational efficiency to the Escondido plant, as well as significant environmental benefits. The solar panels will reduce carbon dioxide emissions at Escondido by 981 tons per year – which is equivalent to providing one year of electricity for 156 homes.
BBU's team of 21,000 U.S. associates operates more than 50 manufacturing locations in the United States, with over 11,000 distribution routes delivering brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann's®, Freihofer's®, Heiners ®, Marinela®, Mrs Baird's®, Nature's Harvest®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas'®, and Tia Rosa.®
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