US-based industrial salad and fresh-food producer Taylor Farms has announced the completion of its largest rooftop solar PV array to date.

The company, which produces pre-made deli foods and salads for the North American market, said its 3-ha array (pictured) will cover 67 per cent of the power demand at its production facility in Tracy, California.

Featuring 8204 PV panels, the 2.26 MW array represents the largest private solar installation in San Joaquin County. It is expected to produce almost 3700 MWh per year and to reduce the facility’s CO2 emissions by 2752 metric tonnes.

Taylor Farms said it had “dedicated sustainability resources to determine the best energy strategy for each location, and pursue localized incentives to make projects economically viable”.

Since 2012, the firm has invested in eight on-site power projects in North America including solar PV, wind power, fuel cells and cogeneration. The company said it has installed five solar arrays at facilities in Texas, Tennessee and California, which together generate 8400 MWh per year.

Nicole Flewell, Taylor Farms’ sustainability director, said: “I am thrilled to see yet another one of our sustainability projects come to fruition, and this is one of our most exciting projects to date.

“With each installation, whether solar, wind or cogeneration, we continue to add clean power to our facilities nationwide in the most sustainable manner possible.”