MONDAY 02 MARCH, 2009 |
Solar Energy To Help Power Coffee Company
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, based in the USA state of Vermont, will build
the state's largest grid
connected solar array
on the rooftop of its distribution center in Waterbury.
The construction of the 100 kW solar array is expected to begin soon and
completed late this year.
While the electricity generated by the approximately 530 solar panels
only produce a small percentage of the total electricity Green Mountain Coffee needs for its production facilities,
the project is seen by the company to demonstrate environmental leadership and
to show US state and federal governments that solar energy is viable, but needs
policies that provide a broad-reaching structure for all forms of renewable energy
The project is expected to produce electricity equivalent to the consumption of
is a company that appears to take its environmental and
social responsibility commitments quite seriously through many initiatives
including the allocation of 5% of their pre-tax
earnings to social and environmental causes, sales of Fair Trade Certified
and waste reduction programs, projects in coffee-growing
communities and product donations.
The company is also a regular sponsor of National
River Cleanup, part of the their CAFÉ Program (Community Action for Employees), which provides paid time off for employees to volunteer in
their local communities.
Recently, the company also issued a request for proposals from nonprofit organizations that are working to address climate change, offering four USD $200,000 grants for projects in transportation-related emissions, threats to coffee-growing communities, building political will, and individual empowerment.
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