The company launched a solar program in time for the summer season last year. Once the program has been in operation for a full year, the company will analyze the results.
Peter Rabbit now produces up to 55% of its own energy.
For the first time, the advantages of going solar brought the payback number down to a reasonable amount of years, Burton said.
Peter Rabbit Farms expects to recoup its full investment within four to six years.
“Anytime you can get your investment back in that amount of time, it pays to make some capital expenditures on solar power,” he said.
“We’re very optimistic that it was the right move for us,” Burton said.
“We’ll probably look at taking the next step and doing more of it.”
It’s a great idea for a produce company that relies on sunlight to grow its fruits and vegetables to use the sun to power its building, as well, he said.
“It’s a great addition to our company,” Burton said.