The San Diego based sustainable manufacturer and parent company of Maud’s Coffee & Tea, Intelligent Blends, has completed a solar installation which now powers all of its house-brand operations. This addition has now earned the company the proud distinction of being the first of its kind to boast production that utilizes solar power for a significant percentage of its power.
The project added an impressive 700 LG panels each generating 405 watts of power, along with two SMA 62 kW inverters and two 50 kW inverters, to the company’s San Diego headquarters. The resulting impact on the environment on an annual basis equates to taking 72 passenger vehicles off the road, 37,720 gallons of gasoline combusted or 5,500 tree saplings grown for 10 years.
With core values that support sustainability, fair-trade partnerships and certified organic practices, Intelligent Blends leads the industry in ‘firsts’ that reflect their passion for doing the right thing. With aspirations of being completely carbon neutral by 2024, Intelligent Blends will continue to harness innovation, emerging technologies and good old-fashioned sunshine to create high-quality, Earth-friendly products for Earth-minded partners and customers around the globe.
“We believe that good coffee starts at the source, which is why we make sure that every step we take in manufacturing Maud’s products is thoughtful, ethical and environmentally responsible,” says CEO and Founder Michael Ishayik. “The addition of solar-power to our production facility was a logical next step in ensuring that we continue our legacy of producing great products for our customers and partners the right way.”
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