Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of No Antibiotic Ever chicken in Delmarva, has committed to a greener future with Onyx Renewable Partners L.P., an industry leader in the development and finance of commercial and industrial (“C&I”) and small scale utility solar projects in North America.
Today, Onyx announced the completion of a 1.57MWDC solar ground array for Allen Harim’s chicken processing plant in Harbeson, Delaware. Construction began in July, 2016 and finished in April, 2017. The array consists of 4,992 panels that are expected to produce 2,254 MWh/year over the twenty-year life of the power purchase agreement.
Joe Moran, President and CEO of Allen Harim, said, “This has been another positive environmental project for us in Harbeson, and we are excited to see it come online. We thank all the partners who helped make it happen.” With the expected savings, Allen Harim is establishing the Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for children of employees and growers to attend college or trade schools.
Onyx’s CEO Matt Rosenblum says, “We are happy to help Allen Harim save on their energy bill and reduce their overall carbon footprint.” The energy produced will supply about 11% of the plant’s overall consumption. The CO2 saved is roughly equivalent to the CO2 emissions from burning 1,690,340 pounds of coal, or the carbon sequestered by 1,499 acres of U.S. forests in one year; needless to say, Allen Harim isn’t chicken when it comes to renewable energy.