Campbell Soup dedicates 9.8 MW solar power system
More than 200 jobs were created during construction of the system, which is now generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the facility's annual electricity requirements
Napoleon, Ohio, June 21, 2012 — Campbell Soup Co., BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, Enfinity America Corp., FirstEnergy Solutions and SunPower Corp. completed a 9.8 MW solar power system at Campbell's manufacturing facility in Napoleon, Ohio.
More than 200 jobs were created during construction of the system, which is now generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the facility's annual electricity requirements.
BNB Renewable Energy Holdings developed the project from its inception in 2009 in partnership with Campbell. A key to the project's success is a power purchase agreement, which guarantees that Campbell will buy 100 percent of the energy generated by the photovoltaic array.
Additionally, BNB secured an agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions, which contracted to purchase all of the solar renewable energy credits and environmental benefits associated with the project.
Enfinity co-developed the project with BNB, arranging term financing for the project with Wells Fargo and working with BNB to manage the engineering, procurement and construction contract with SunPower.
With the closing of financing and the completion of the purchase, Enfinity, working with BNB, will provide operating and maintenance services for the life of the system.
At the 60-acre site, SunPower designed and installed the SunPower Oasis system using high-efficiency SunPower solar panels with the SunPower T0 Tracker system. The Tracker follows the sun's movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while reducing land use requirements. The 9.8 MW array was commissioned December 30, 2011.