Sakata Seed America goes solar

10/14/2013 11:10:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Sakata Seed America Inc. has installed 2,000 solar panels at its Morgan Hill, Calif., headquarters.

The panels are expected to generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which would cover all of the company’s electrical needs, according to a Sakata Seed America news release.

“Sakata is an environmentally responsible company and is extremely interested in promoting care and respect for the natural world,” Dave Armstrong, Sakata Seed America’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “By converting our beautiful California sunshine to electricity for powering our operations, we not only save costs but also reduce our carbon footprint and continue to contribute to the improvement of our environment.”

Sakata Seed America has an in-house group, dubbed GreenUp, responsible for pursuing sustainability projects.

“Our focus is to ensure that we reduce negative impact on our global and local environment, community, society and economy,” Diana Blea, a GreenUp member and Sakata Seed America’s human resources director, said in the release.

Sakata is in the middle of a three-year plan to reduce water usage for its office landscaping. Earlier this year, the company installed low-flow toilets.

Other projects include increased digital communications to reduce paper; recycling of paper, food/drink containers and electronics; installing energy-efficient light bulbs; and tinting windows to reduce air conditioning use. switching out all light bulbs for energy efficient options.



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