Lundberg Family Farms Powers Green Warehouse with Sun
Lundberg Family Farms, a producer of organic rice and rice products, completed installation of 1,690 solar panels atop its 37,558 square-foot warehouse on its farm in Richvale, north of Sacramento, CA. The panels are expected to produce 500,000 kWh of green electricity, well above whatâ€™s needed to power the building.Â Combined with 584,000 kWh of green power producing solar panels elsewhere on the farm, Lundberg Family Farms now generates 20% of the electricity it consumes from solar energy, and purchases renewable energy credits to offset the rest.
The new warehouse has been built to the U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s LEED certification standards. In addition to its use of renewable energy, the warehouse is designed to capture and filter storm water runoff. The building features high-efficiency water conserving fixtures such as dual flush water closets, waterless urinal and electronic faucets which reduce water by 39% for a savings of 15,625 gallons per year.
The steel used in the warehouse’s construction contained a total of 57% recycled content and the aggregate base rock was made up of 100% recycled material.Â Inside the building, adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, all contain low VOCâ€™sÂ and no added urea-formaldehyde.
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