Snyder’s-Lance, the maker of several popular brands of potato chips and pretzels, announced the completion of the largest ground-based solar farm in Pennsylvania.
The parent company of Snyder’s of Hanover, Lance, Cape Cod, and Tom’s is just the latest in a list of corporations in the Northeast US that have recognized the economic and environmental benefits of installing on-site solar.
Covering 26 acres and comprised of 15,092 solar panels, the 3.5 megawatts (MW) solar farm is located across from the corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The solar plant is expected to reduce electricity costs at the Hanover facility by 30%. Over 11 million trees would have to be planted to equal the same level of carbon dioxide reduction.
As a comparison, the energy created from the solar field equals more than 111 million miles not driven by a medium-sized car, and
The solar installation, managed by RMK Solar, started in September of last year and took nine months to complete. Plans for the solar farm began in 2009 when Snyder’s-Lance implemented five-year sustainability goals. Other initiatives included development of renewable and compostable packaging that is currently available nationwide.