San Francisco-based chocolate company has added solar panels to its Fairfield, CA facility, as part of its commitment to reduce its environmental impact through renewable energy, water conservation, and waste reduction practices.

As part of its Cultivate Better™ platform, Guittard partnered with Commercial Energy and Centrica Business Solutions to design and install the solar project on its 300,000 square-foot Fairfield facility, which was built to expand the company’s capacity beyond its Burlingame headquarters.

Guittard’s new rooftop solar system includes 2,992 solar panels and is expected to generate 1.7 Million kWh of power per year, offsetting 50% of the facility’s demand.

This will significantly reduce the company’s environmental footprint – the solar energy captured is estimated to save 1,217 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to removing 263 cars from the road.

The facility, which is used for warehousing, high-speed packaging, and proprietary chocolate production, supports Guittard’s growth and innovation for its national and international wholesale/manufacturing, professional/foodservice, and consumer/retail customers.