Then, the organizations committed to transitioning to clean energy — Organic Valley and others — buys the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the solar projects. "This is a project that exemplifies using business to have a positive impact on the planet and people living on the planet," said Darcy Shiber-Knowles, senior quality, sustainability and innovation manager at Dr. Bronner's. How could they reach such an audacious goal in so little time?”, Energy services and technology manager Stanley Minnick said, “I didn’t know exactly how it would all work out, but I knew if we just kept moving forward—and especially if we had the right partners—we could scale beyond our current wind, solar and geothermal and get to 100 percent renewable-powered.”. Organic Valley has solar panels on its buildings in La Farge and Cashton, owns half of a 5-megawatt wind farm, and has invested about $6 million in renewable energy systems over the past six years. This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. OV we do have 4 behind the meter solar installations, totaling a modest ~200kWdc. Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions. The solution came through building a community, says Organic Valley; it developed partnerships with OneEnergy and Ummeg and also brought on board organizations such as City of Madison, Fresh Energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund. How did Organic Valley come up this a unique structure that added 32 megawatts of solar in the Midwest? As it turned out, there was more interest in clean energy options from other service areas than Minnick anticipated — 10 communities in total, which spanned UMMEG’s 13 municipal utilities. In addition to the economic benefits of these municipal solar projects, the sites will accommodate grazing sheep and pollinator habitats. Under the partnership came the development of 10 projects across Wisconsin, totaling 32 MW in capacity, aka the easy part. Stay informed. But with financial hardship and severe flooding in the region focusing minds on the benefits of cheap, clean energy, Organic Valley says the project picked up more local support. You can opt out of our newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of every mail. “As we add more renewable energy to the power grid every day, we are committed to creating a more sustainable environment for generations to come.”. Select one or more editions for targeted, up to date information delivered straight to your inbox. We also offer comprehensive global coverage of the most important solar markets worldwide. Then, the organizations committed to transitioning to clean energy — Organic Valley and others — buys the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the solar projects. pv magazine offers daily updates of the latest photovoltaics news. Organic Valley, a producer of organic products and a U.S. cooperative of organic farmers, is now sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. The company has announced that it is on track to be powered entirely by clean energy, becoming the largest food corporation in the world to accomplish the feat. In other words, deal structure catalyzed a chain reaction that brought more clean energy to the grid while creating a new model that others could emulate. Organic Valley, the largest American organic farmer cooperative in the US, recently announced it is now operating on 100% renewable energy. Organic Valley is now the biggest food brand to source all of the electricity for its owned facilities from 100% renewable energy. Instead, Organic Valley has harnessed the power of community solar. Organic Valley also has rooftop solar arrays It all started with a quest by Organic Valley to operate on 100% renewable energy before the project mushroomed into a much larger initiative, said Eric Udelhofen, project director for the developer, OneEnergy Renewables. 202.638.6222 1775 I Street NW, 8th Floor “Suddenly,” says Organic Valley, “the project went beyond Organic Valley’s offices, warehouse and plants. By the end of 2019, Organic Valley’s Wisconsin-based facilities will be 100 percent renewably powered through a combination of its existing wind and solar power and a new community solar project coming online this summer. Partnering with OneEnergy Renewables and a group of Midwestern municipal utilities referred to as the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG), the company has taken a novel tack on the problem. Converging crises call for converging solutions, It's time to bridge the clean energy partisan divide, Q3 2020: International corporate procurements mature as U.S. deals look to quality. Organic Valley, the largest American organic … Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. "The scale of it and the potential for it to be replicated as a model are all really exciting. “How would they get it done in ‘flyover country’?” it asked. Your email address will not be published. The construction of three new community solar projects, totaling 12.67 MW, is now complete, making the cooperative entirely powered by renewables. Organic Valley’s arrangement is a creative application for RECs, in which the company was involved as a partner to know where and when clean energy was coming online. Solar panels in Cashton, one of the 13 municipal utilities that will receive energy from Organic Valley's Butter Solar Project. To provide a secure and reliable service, we send our email with MailChimp, which means we store email addresses and analytical data on their servers. In 2015, Organic Valley announced that 81% of the cooperative's combined on-site power consumption was generated by renewable energy. A who’s who of co-op grocery store shelves including Organic Valley, Dr. Bronner’s and Clif Bar have signed on to buy the renewable credits along with the city of Madison. Please be mindful of our community standards. Legal Notice Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy © pv magazine 2020, Welcome to pv magazine USA. But if you are just focusing on the headline, you’re missing most of the story. These large energy users can play an important part by motivating their utilities to pursue renewable energy. 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