Yakima Chief Hops (YCH), a 100% farmer-owned hop supplier for the brewing industry, has completed its latest solar installation for a total of 3,706 solar panels, making it the largest rooftop array in Washington state.
YCH partnered with Ellensburg Solar to complete the installation of the solar array who has been involved since the first panel was installed back in 2016.
YCH has offices located across the globe, and the company’s headquarters are based in Yakima, Washington, known as the hop capital of the world. Surrounded by hop fields of local family farms, YCH has multiple facilities across the valley. With the longer days unique to the Pacific Northwest and the company’s mission of sustainability, YCH selected these buildings to house its solar project.
YCH’s solar array spans six buildings, covering a total of 70,000 sq ft, producing 1,414,766 kwh of electricity annually, capturing 15% of its entire electricity demands.
“At YCH, we aim to make more of an impact by making less of one,” said Levi Wyatt, corporate social responsibility coordinator at YCH. “Our operations utilize a significant amount of energy and we are committed to finding ways to lessen our dependency on fossil fuels and finite resources. We also believe in using our business to inspire and influence environmental solutions.”
To date, YCH has invested more than $2 million in renewable energy solutions as it works toward energy independence. Additionally, YCH teamed up with local energy suppliers Benton REA and Pacific Power & Light to conduct an energy management assessment. YCH will begin implementation of a 1.2 million kWh energy savings uncovered during the assessment.
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