Snack food producer and distributor Snyder's-Lance has finished installing Pennsylvania’s largest ground-based solar array at its corporate headquarters in Hanover. The 3.5MW system is expected to generate 4.45 million kWh of electricity annually, which will help reduce energy costs at the site by up to 30%.
The idea of a solar farm was first broached in 2009, when Snyder's-Lance launched its five-year sustainability goals. As the project gained momentum, Reading-based installer RMK Solar was brought on to carry out the development, which started in September 2010 and was finished nine months later.
As with many other US projects, local content stipulations saw RMK use only domestically manufactured panels and contractors. The completed array spans 28 acres and is comprised of 15,092 panels.
“This is a very exciting time in the history of our company,” said Snyder's-Lance president and chief operating officer Carl Lee. “The solar farm shows the commitment that Snyder's-Lance has made to creating snack products in a more sustainable way.”