PISCATAWAY, N.J., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Robertet Flavors, the US-based Flavors division of the global Robertet Group, announced today that it has selected GeoPeak Energy LLC to design, install and service a high-efficiency solar energy system at their flavors manufacturing facility in Piscataway, New Jersey. The roof-mounted solar panels will span 115,000 square feet and will be operational by the end of 2011.
Fourteen percent of the manufacturing plant’s power will be provided by this system, which will reduce the site’s annual CO2 emissions by over 1.1 million pounds – the equivalent of planting 33,665 trees or the conservation of 1.5 million gallons of gasoline over the system’s lifetime.
The installation complements a number of other environmental initiatives at Robertet’s central New Jersey facility, including the use of enhanced production processes and equipment to capture major reductions in water usage, the introduction of sustainable packaging, and the installation of highly energy efficient HVAC equipment, as well as the optimization of systems such as the replacement of sink faucets with automated sensors and enhanced recycling programs.
“Our clean energy initiative supports the global Robertet Group’s commitment towards responsible environmental stewardship, while offering the added benefits of lowering operational costs and complementing Robertet’s core natural raw materials positioning in the flavor and fragrance industry. In the months and years ahead, Robertet will continue to seek out ways to reduce our carbon footprint, implement other environmental process improvements, and support fair and sustainable agriculture around the world,” said Peter Lombardo, President of Robertet USA.
“Robertet has taken a comprehensive approach to sustainability by reducing the use of conventional energy sources and installing renewable energy systems. They have embarked on a mission to manage and reduce their CO2 emissions while controlling energy use per tonne of production,” said AJ Javan, Chief Strategy Officer, GeoPeak Energy.
Extending their commitment to environmental issues beyond the workplace, Robertet Flavors will also encourage their employees to take advantage of the GeoPeak Energy Alliance Program. This program offers employees significant benefits and financial incentives when they choose to install a GeoPeak Energy solar system on their home.
The Robertet Group is a major supplier of flavors, fragrances and raw materials worldwide. Established in Grasse, France in 1850, Robertet is one of the top ten companies in the flavor and fragrance industry and a leading manufacturer of natural, high quality essential oils, extracts and isolates. Robertet Flavors, Inc., the group’s US flavor division, operates a state-of-the-art R&D center and compounding facility in central New Jersey. Robertet Flavors provides exceptional flavor compounds, technical expertise, and flavor application solutions to food and beverage processors, continuing a long tradition of industry innovation and leadership. For more information visit www.Robertet.com.
About GeoPeak Energy
GeoPeak Energy, headquartered in Somerset NJ, is a global turnkey renewable energy solutions company that designs, deploys, owns and operates renewable energy systems. Through innovative technologies and exceptional customer service, GeoPeak Energy delivers high quality solutions to enable customers to reach their cost reduction and sustainability goals. Offerings include project feasibility studies, development, engineering, financing and ownership, installation and delivery, monitoring and maintenance. GeoPeak Energy also specializes in seamless and integrated technology platforms that allow its customers to track and report their carbon reduction and sustainability initiatives globally. For more information visit www.geopeakenergy.com.