D’Arrigo California has found that “growing green and going green” has numerous health, social and economic benefits. As the premier grower, packer and shipper of quality fruit and vegetables under the Andy Boy label the company takes pride in providing delicious and nutritious conventional and organic commodities year-round. The 3rd generation family farming company values sustainability and we are expanding our “green credentials” as we harness the sun’s power to the tune of 3.3 megawatts (MW).
Solar energy is an ideal natural energy source and to that point D’Arrigo California has invested in 10,800 solar panels on 24 acres of prime ag land. The energy that is gained through the solar panels assists in providing the power that is necessary to run our field operations and state-of-the-art cooling facility (152,000 sq. ft.) in Salinas. Currently, D’Arrigo California has a solar power capacity of 3.3 MW with plans on adding another 2.2 MW of solar power that will come online the 1st quarter of 2019. The new solar power project will include 2 Tesla batteries and an additional 7,200 solar panels across 15 acres that will bring our solar power total to 5.5 MW.
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are key pillars of D’Arrigo California’s culture and values. Solar power is a crucial resource that makes great environmental and economic sense, enabling the company to reduce energy costs while improving the bottom line. D’Arrigo California is investing in the combined sources of “green growing and green power” as these factors are key drivers among long-term health and wellness, customer purchasing decisions, sustainability and improving business results.
This blog was provided by guest contributor, Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo CA, Director of Marketing and Culinary