A food processing manufacturer in Jefferson has placed one of the largest solar panel systems in North Georgia on its roof.
A solar panel company recently installed 1,610 solar panels on the rooftop of World Technology Ingredients, covering more than 30,000 square feet above its production facility, and producing nearly half of the facility’s electricity.
World Technology Ingredients produces ingredients for fresh and processed meats, poultry and seafoods. Company owner Wolfgang Ludwig said the project reinforced WTI’s “dedication to environmental conservatism, while serving our customers and being a good corporate neighbor.”
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce President F.J. Fenn said the project “continues to show the company’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to their community.”
Founded more than 35 years ago, WTI supplies the food processing industry with ingredients for fresh and further processed meats.
In addition to the solar expansion, WTI recently added a “super sack system” in its dry blending department which enables the manufacturer to reduce its waste by 70 percent.
Other comparably-sized solar panel installations in North Georgia include a carpet manufacturer in Cartersville with 3,700 solar panels and IKEA in Atlanta (one of the largest commercial installations in the southeastern United States) with 4,312 panels.
The solar panels were installed by Solar Sun World of Madison. Each panel is 39.5 by 66 inches and produces about 45 percent of WTI’s electricity and in the process reduces carbon dioxide emissions.