Lenoir City, TN
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) by the United States Department of Agriculture is helping power jobs through renewable energy investments for family-owned businesses like Wampler’s Farm Sausage in Lenoir City, Tennessee.
Solar Alliance completed a 101.2 kW solar panel array on the rooftop a Wampler’s facility. This marks the fourth solar system owned by Wampler’s, totaling more than 680 kW of PV solar panels. Wampler’s Farm Sausage produces the highest quality sausage and pork products in a modern facility that utilizes clean hydrogen and solar energy.
Industrial solar has been a part of of their overall infrastructure and business planning. “Solar Alliance provided a turnkey project, handling everything from design, permitting, installation and funding – allowing us to concentrate on our core business,” said Ted Wampler, Jr., President and CEO of Wampler’s Farm Sausage. “The 26-month payback of the original 30 kW system inspired us to expand our solar commitment with an on-site, 500 kW array in 2011. Our pursuit of solar energy continued with a partnership with Zoo Knoxville to install a 50 kW PV solar panel array on the roof of the elephant habitat. Fast forward to 2018, and we’ve added the newest 101 kW system at our facility. Investing in clean energy changed the culture of our company.”
Wampler’s Farm Sausage is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business that’s steeped in tradition yet leading the way in innovation and responsibility.