In March 2019, we announced our commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy in the U.S.—all the way from our orchards to our offices—by 2025. We also joined RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies committed to using 100% renewable energy.
This is the natural progression of our sustainability efforts and the right thing for us to do as leaders in the agriculture industry.
Our path to 100 percent renewable electricity began in 2007 when we installed ground-mounted solar panels at our pistachio and citrus processing plants. Over the years, we have expanded that investment across our other businesses and deepened our dedication to tackling climate change and preserving the planet for future generations.
A greener way to grow
Thanks to our 91-acre solar plant in Lost Hills, we’ve reached 90 percent renewable electricity at our pistachio plant. In May 2022, POM Wonderful celebrated the completion of its solar farm, which will deliver more than 90 percent of that facility’s energy needs. It will be fully operational by 2023. The five solar facilities at our orchards also deliver 25 megawatts of capacity, enough power to grow almost half of our pistachio, almond, and pomegranate crops.
Of course, because solar panels only produce electricity from daylight, it’s essential we use batteries to store all that sunshine. In 2021, we implemented our first 630-kilowatt lithium-ion battery at our Wonderful Nurseries solar installation. Now, along with our 2.6-megawatt solar plant, we’re able to consistently meet the facility’s entire power demand using only solar energy.
We also have plans to add battery storage capacity to our solar sites at Wonderful Orchards and Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, getting us closer to our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.
In the face of a rapidly changing climate, The Wonderful Company has placed environmental sustainability at the center of our work. Our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and building a more sustainable future extends beyond pursuing the known environmental improvements of today.
Chief Strategy Officer, The Wonderful Company