Allen Harim Foods on Monday broke ground Monday on a solar farm planned for construction near its Harbeson poultry processing plant.
The 1.57-megawatt photovoltaic solar panel array is expected to supply about 11 percent of the energy used by the plant.
“This project is in line with our strategic goals of environmental sustainability moving forward in Delaware,” Allen Harim CEO Steve Evans said in a release.
The company recently signed a 20-year lease agreement with project developer SolarSense, an affiliate of Alternative Energy Development Group of Berwyn, Pa.
Under the deal, Allen Harim will buy the 2.3 million kilowatts of power produced by the solar farm each year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,616 metric tons, company officials said.
“This project is projected to save Allen Harim 16 percent in energy costs during the first year of operation, said Chris Fraga, CEO of Alternative Energy Development Group.
The solar array will stretch across about 450 yards of a 6-acre parcel near Allen Harim’s Harbeson plant off Harbeson Road (Del. 5). Construction will take about three months, weather permitting, company officials said.