Representatives from ScottsMiracle-Gro, United Renewable Energy, Butts County, the City of Jenkinsburg, Georgia Power, and the Butts County Chamber of Commerce attend a ribbon cutting in Jackson, Georgia.

 

Despite a rainy day, Friday, February 24, 2012 was a day to celebrate solar power in Jackson, Georgia.

ScottsMiracle-Gro leadership and associates joined representatives from partner organizations and local government officials at its growing media facility in Jackson to usher in a new milestone to the company’s sustainability story: solar-powered energy-production.

434 photovoltaic solar modules were installed on a half-acre of land on the 500-acre plant site at the end of 2011. The solar array is designed to produce nearly 134,276 kWh of electricity annually offsetting 110 tons of annual greenhouse gases (GHG) as well as 220,212 vehicle miles annually.

The solar array installed in Jackson, Georgia.

 

“Our leadership team has placed an emphasis on sustainable energy production at our facilities,” said Dave Swihart, ScottsMiracle-Gro Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain, who spoke at the event. “Within just two weeks of construction, we were able to make this a reality.”

United Renewable Energy worked with ScottsMiracle-Gro to install the solar array. CEO William Silva was on hand to join the celebration. “We are proud to work with ScottsMiracle-Gro on this project,” he said. “Their focus on developing local energy infrastructure at this facility has helped improve the environment and economy in Georgia. The declining cost of solar energy now makes it cost competitive with traditional sources in the Southeast and around the world.”

Additional partners and government leaders, including representatives from Butts County, the City of Jenkinsburg, Georgia Power, and the Butts County Chamber of Commerce, attended and spoke about the company’s commitment to the local community and environmental matters.

This milestone will serve as a case study for not only future ScottsMiracle-Gro solar projects considered down the road, but other corporate sustainability efforts in the future.

“Installing this solar array helps to solidify our position as a company clearly engaged in eco-friendly initiatives,” said Kim Canale, Senior Engineer, Global Engineering, who oversaw the process and was a key stalwart to bring this to fruition. “We’re confident this array and our relationship with an external energy provider will be a benchmark for future sustainability efforts,” she added.

Some other quick facts about the newly installed solar array:

  • 99.82 kW Photovoltaic system
  • 434  Astronergy-230W ground mounted panels
  • Land Area:  20,874 sq. ft
  • Panel Area:  7,671 sq. ft.
  • Annual value of energy: ~$19,000
  • 10 homes removed from the grid