Project Description

Commission Date:

December 2012


1 MW Mitsubishi 1000a

Avg. Wind Speed:

13.8 MPH

Annual Production:

2400 MWh

Carbon Offset:

1693 Tons

Power Equivalent:

189,843 Gallons of oil

Superior Farms

Superior Farms – Dixon, California. Superior Farms, the nation’s largest lamb producer, unveiled it’s first onsite large-scale wind turbine at the company’s Dixon processing facility which will offset about 50% of the company’s total energy use at that location. The new wind turbine provides roughly one megawatt of power with a tower 55 meters high and a blade diameter of 61.4 meters, resulting in height of approximately 280 feet to the tip of the blade at its highest point. The unit is projected to produce 2,200,000 kilowatt hours annually. Over the 20-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement the project will contribute to energy expense savings as well as provide price certainty for the electricity produced. “We are one of the first companies to install a turbine like this – and certainly the first lamb company in the United States,” said Ed Jenks, CEO for Superior Farms. “We are committed at every facet of our business to sustainability. The entire company is proud that we are making this statement of environmental stewardship.”

Under the PPA arrangement, California-based Foundation Windpower installs, owns and operates the wind turbine and Superior Farms purchases the power produced. The endeavor is the equivalent carbon offset to removing 800 cars from the road and is the equivalent to powering more than 250 average American homes. Clark Peterson, Dixon’s Plant Engineer, first started talking to Foundwation Windpower in 2011. A California wind survey named Dixon a “high wind area” with average winds 12-15 miles per hour. After discussions with several green companies, including solar opportunities, Peterson recommended the partnership with Foundation Windpower. “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Superior Farms. Our project is highly visible evidence that the largest lamb processor in the western U.S. is also the most forward thinking on issues of sustainability and renewable energy,” said Matt Wilson, CEO of Foundation Windpower. “The food industry is increasingly focused on sustainability measures. For instance, Walmart, Safeway, Nestle Waters and Anheuser-Busch all recently commissioned distributed wind projects in California with Foundation Windpower.”

“I’ve been looking at ways to save energy since I got here since it affects our bottom line. We’ve eliminated some systems that were duplicated, streamlining some processes. I’m absolutely open to any new technologies that can help us save energy and go green in the process.”
Clark Peterson – Plant Engineer, Superior Farms