Organic Valley is now powering all its operations with renewable energy, following the completion of the three Cashton community solar projects in Wisconsin.
The Cashton solar facility, totaling 12.67 MWdc, is one of the 10 projects under BluEarth Renewables Inc.'s 32-MWdc Butter solar portfolio. Construction of the entire portfolio is nearing completion, according to an Aug. 1 news release.
The U.S. affiliate of BluEarth Renewables acquired the portfolio from developer OneEnergy Renewables LLC in December 2018.
The portfolio's output will be sold under a single power purchase agreement with the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group. Organic Valley will buy renewable energy credits, or RECs, generated from the Cashton site. Other RECs will be purchased by the city of Madison, Wis., Dr. Bronner's and Native Energy.
"It was the combined financial impact of all the REC partners that enabled the projects to be financially viable; scaling up is what made this possible," said Stanley Minnick, energy services and technology manager of Organic Valley.
Organic Valley is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers.