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New solar project at Sakata Seed America


October 2, 2013
By Sakata Seed America

Oct. 2, 2013, Morgan Hill, CA – Sakata Seed America, Inc. has installed a
major solar panel project at the company’s U.S. headquarters. It
represents one of the largest solar-powered projects to date in Santa
Clara County.

Oct. 2, 2013, Morgan Hill, CA – Sakata Seed America, Inc. has installed a
major solar panel project at the company’s U.S. headquarters. It
represents one of the largest solar-powered projects to date in Santa
Clara County.

The Solar Company, a family-owned and operated solar panel installation company, installed the 670 Kilowatt generating system project. The 2,000-panel project can create over one million kilowatt hours of electricity to meet the office needs.

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Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of Sakata Seed America, enthusiastically championed the solar initiative for the company.

“Sakata is an environmentally responsible company and is extremely interested in promoting care and respect for the natural world. By converting our beautiful California sunshine to electricity for powering our operations, we not only save costs but also reduce our carbon footprint and continue to contribute to the improvement of our environment.”

Sakata Seed America, Inc. has extensive experience in commercial and homegrown vegetable breeding and production, and in bedding and potted flowering ornamentals.

THE GREENUP TEAM

Sakata believes in maintaining environmentally friendly policies to achieve a more sustainable business.
To fulfill various sustainability efforts, Sakata has formed a team consisting of staff members from a variety of departments. It is aptly named the GreenUp Team.

“Our focus is to ensure that we reduce negative impact on our global and local environment, community, society and economy,” says Diana Blea, human resources director and member of the GreenUp Team.

REDUCED WATER USAGE

Sakata is also currently fulfilling a three-year plan to improve the infrastructure by reducing water usage for landscaping and by installing low-flow toilets earlier this year.

Additional initiatives by Sakata include digital communications to reduce paper, rigorous recycling of various material such paper, food/drink containers and electronics; and switching off all lights when rooms are not in use.

Both buildings at the America headquarters also recently had the windows tinted to reduce air conditioning use.


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