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Published on September 30th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz


Traditional Medicinals Completes World's Largest Solar-Powered Tea Factory

September 30th, 2008 by  


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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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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