Organic Foods Manufacturer Adds Momentum to Sustainability Initiative
EnterSolar, a leading provider of commercial solar systems to corporate customers, announced the completion of an 877 kilowatt ("kW") solar photovoltaic ("PV") system for Chelten House Products, the privately held organic and fine food manufacturer. The solar power system was installed on the roof of Chelten House's 150,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Bridgeport, New Jersey.
"As a leader in the organic and all-natural food segments, environmental sustainability is a core principal for us," said Steve Dabrow, CEO of Chelten House Products, "and we are proud that more than 50% of our processing facility's annual electricity requirements will now be met with clean and renewable energy generated from our onsite solar system."
The solar photovoltaic system will consist of over 3,650 individual solar panels and will produce over 1,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. This equates to the reduction of more than 1.3 million pounds of carbon emissions annually. Over the next 25 years, the system will produce 26 million kilowatt-hours, generating enough electricity to power over 125 homes for that same period with clean and renewable energy.
"The decision to go solar was a win-win for us," said Robert Paradise, CFO of Chelten House Products, "and our new solar system will allow us to demonstrate our corporate commitment to sustainability while significantly reducing our ongoing energy costs and mitigating future electricity price volatility."
EnterSolar developed the project from their New York City and Newark offices. "We are proud to have been able to partner with the Chelten House team on this important renewable energy project," said Paul Ahern, President of EnterSolar. Installation services were provided by Ray Angelini Inc. and French & Parrello Associates provided engineering services.
The project will also benefit from its participation in Atlantic City Electric's SREC-Based Financing Program which provides solar system owners like Chelten House with long term fixed-price contracts for the sale of the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates ("SRECs") produced by the system.
About Chelten House Products
Bridgeport, N.J.-based Chelten House, now in its fourth generation of industry leadership, is a manufacturer of organic and premium sauces and salad dressings. Additional information about Chelten House is available at www.cheltenhouse.com.