AeroVironment Installs Wind Turbines on Roof of Potato Chip Factory

Efficient electric energy systems provider, AeroVironment, Inc. has installed its Architectural Wind system on the roof of the new Beloit, Wisconsin manufacturing facility of Kettle Foods, a Salem, Ore.-based producer of all-natural potato chips and other snack foods.

The Beloit installation includes 18 wind turbines.

According to AeroVironment, its small, modular Architectural Wind system is designed for quick and easy installation onto the parapet of a new or existing tilt-up or pre-cast building, allowing the turbines to take advantage of the building’s unique aerodynamics.

Assuming normal wind conditions, the 18 wind turbines on the Kettle Foods facility are projected to generate approximately 28,000 kilowatt hours of power each year – enough to produce 56,000 bags of potato chips, says Tim Fallon, president of Kettle Foods North America.

AV’s Architectural Wind system played a key role in Kettle Foods’ receipt of the U.S. Green Building Council Gold level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The certification acknowledges the company’s efforts to minimize the environmental footprint of its new 73,000-square-foot plant.

“We’re proud to receive this kind of recognition for our ongoing commitment to sustainable initiatives,” said Fallon. “The contribution of AeroVironment in helping us meet our ambitious green-building standards was most significant.”

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