Cebro Frozen Foods’ commitment to sustainability is both personal and global. By building and maintaining a truly sustainable business model, they’re not only having less impact on the environment and setting an example for the rest of the food processing industry; they are also lowering operating costs and reducing inefficiencies
This mission to be more sustainable has led to the development of a local grower network where 95% of vegetables processed by Cebro are grown within two miles of the plant; a water conservation program, where EPA registered water supply wells are used for crop irrigation; and high-impact energy efficiency measures, with a total of 1.7 megawatts of solar photovoltaic cells, high-efficiency lighting, and high-speed roll-up zone separation doors to regulate temperature.
The most recent effort to reduce Cebro’s operating costs and their facility’s carbon footprint is the addition of a 741 kW DC solar photovoltaic (PV) single-axis tracker. This second solar PV project for Cebro was completed in December of 2012. As a single-axis tracker, the solar panels follow the trajectory of the sun from sunrise to sunset to produce the maximum amount of energy possible.
This single-axis tracker installation eliminates an additional 28% of Cebro’s energy consumption, bringing their total electricity offset from solar to 58%. The project was privately financed by the food processor and will pay for itself by the end of its fifth year in operation. It is slated to save Cebro over $5 million in avoided energy costs over the life of the solar energy system.