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2019.8.1

Organic Valley: 100% Renewably Powered

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OneEnergy Renewables was thrilled to join Organic Valley in Cashton, Wisconsin this week to celebrate their journey to becoming 100 percent renewably powered.

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, announced August 1st that construction of three community solar projects totaling 9 megawatts was complete. OneEnergy was honored to develop the projects as part of unique portfolio of solar projects known as Butter Solar.

Travis Bryan, OneEnergy’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are thrilled to have helped Organic Valley become the largest food company in the world to source all of its energy from renewable sources.”

The power produced from the Butter Solar Portfolio will be sold to the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group, which represents several utilities in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Organic Valley will buy renewable energy credits from the three solar projects for more than 25 years to help support the project and keep electricity prices low for everyone that lives in these rural Midwestern communities. The City of Madison, Dr. Bronner’s, and NativeEnergy will also buy renewable energy credits from other projects which are part of the Butter Solar Portfolio.

“We also thank the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group and all of their member municipal utilities for believing in this portfolio and working with us to develop a unique partnership that we believe will benefit each participating member utility through stable, low rates for local renewable energy,” Bryan continued.

BluEarth Renewables US acquired the Butter Solar portfolio from OneEnergy in late 2018 and began construction in January 2019 and is the owner and operator of the portfolio. With construction complete, 23,000 people across 13 Midwest communities, including six in Organic Valley’s project portfolio, will see reduced energy costs for more than 25 years.

For more details, read the official announcement from Organic Valley.


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