Tyson Foods

597 kWdc | 429 kWac

Tyson Foods, the largest producer of processed protein in the United States, partnered with SunPeak to build a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system at its feedmill in Aurora, MO.

The system utilizes 1,836 solar panels, covers 70,000 square feet and generates over 20% of the facility’s energy needs.

The project was a key component of the company’s “30 by 30” initiative, an effort to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by the year 2030. The project site is located near a regional airport, so SunPeak conducted a glare study as part of its pre-construction process. The system design was altered to orient south-west to avoid any potential hazards. The study and subsequent system design was approved by the FAA and came at no additional cost to the client.

Reduced Electricity Costs

This system will produce $100,000 of direct energy cost savings per year and is projected to result in $3.9 million in energy savings over 30 years. As the cost of electricity increases over time due to inflation, these energy savings will grow over time.

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Project Highlights

Location 
Aurora, Missouri

Installed 
August, 2018

Capacity
597 kWdc / 429 kWac

Production Estimate 
837,300 kWh / year (20% offset)

Panels 
1,836 x 325 W polycrystalline solar modules

Mounting 
Ground Mounted Tables 

Inverters 
13 x 33 kW/each