Soy sauce will go solar when Cypress-based Mitsubishi Electric installs a new photovoltaic system at Kikkoman Foods' Folsom facility next month.
The 106.6 kW solar-electric system is expected to reduce Kikkoman's need for fossil fuel-based electricity to power production. The company – which is America's No. 1 soy sauce producer – also will be able to sell the alternative electricity back to the grid when the plant is not operating.
“Along with our parent company in Japan, Kikkoman Foods Inc. is committed to reducing its impact on the environment," said Kazuo Shimizu, president and chief operating officer of the company. "Providing power to our facility with solar electricity is a great way to contribute to this goal."
Mitsubishi, which was selected for the project based on its products' high-energy output, will install 576 lead-free solder 185-watt solar modules as a fixed carport over the employee and visitor parking lot.
“Japanese culture has a long history of valuing the environment and making sustainability a priority," said Gina Heng, general manager of the local firm's photovoltaic division. "As a Japanese company, we share similar values with Kikkoman Foods, Inc. and are proud to be a part of this project.”
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