Herbruck’s installing solar array at Green Meadow Organics facility
SARANAC, Mich. – Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has partnered with ES Services Company, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, to build an approximately 2-megawatt solar array at its Green Meadow Organics facility in Saranac.
Spread over eight acres, the solar array will produce enough electricity to meet about a quarter of the power demand for the Green Meadow Organics facility. The facility was launched in 2008 by Herbruck’s to produce premium organic, cage-free eggs and all-natural fertilizers.
“The solar project aims to lessen our impact on the environment by cutting down on our fossil fuel usage,” said Cody Herbruck, senior manager of capital expenses at Herbruck’s. “We are excited to be able to source our energy in a sustainable way and bring this green energy to a rural area in Michigan.”
“We’re excited to help Herbruck’s advance its sustainability efforts, which are good for business, good for Michigan and good for the planet,” said DV Rao, CMS
Energy’s senior vice president of strategy. “We look forward to exploring additional ways we can assist Herbruck’s as we all move toward a cleaner energy future.”
Herbruck’s is assessing using solar power at its other facilities as part of larger sustainability efforts, which include using bird litter to make fertilizer, repurposing eggshells into feed as a calcium source, responsible waste disposal and wastewater management practices, and using environmentally friendly product packaging, among other efforts.
The solar array at Green Meadow Organics is expected to start operations during fall 2021.
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is a fourth-generation family farm based in Saranac, Michigan. Herbruck’s is the largest egg producer in Michigan and has locations in Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania. For more information about Herbruck’s, visit: www.herbrucks.com.
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business. It also owns and operates independent power generation businesses. Companies interested developing renewable energy services can contact Julio Morales at Julio.Morales@cmsenergy.com