I’m a huge fan of Traditional Medicinals tea, so I’m pleased to learn that the company has just completed the largest solar powered tea factory on the planet. Traditional Medicinals’ 70,000 square foot Sebastopol, CA headquarters will use 1450 solar panels that generate 430,000 KWh of power— that’s 75 percent of the company’s total energy needs. The rest of the factory’s energy use will be offset by wind energy credits.
Today’s announcement isn’t Traditional Medicinals’ first foray into the alternative energy world— the company has offset 100 percent of its energy needs with wind power credits for years. Additionally, the company headquarters contains a self-sustaining water source and purification system, a large fish pond for fire suppression, and a border of drought-resistant landscaping.
Akeena Solar, a California-based designer and installer of solar panels, assisted Traditional Medicinals with construction of its solar power system.
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