The sun will now supply about 30 percent of the electricity used annually at Snyder’s-Lance Inc.’s Hanover manufacturing plant.
The company on Tuesday unveiled its 3.55 megawatt solar panel system, said to be the largest ground-mounted system in the state. It will cut carbon emissions by 115,000 tons over 25 years, Snyder’s-Lance said.
Reading-based RMK Solar installed more than 15,000 solar panels made by Albuquerque, N.M.-based Schott Solar PV Inc. on 26 acres at the site.
State and federal grants helped underwrite the roughly $14 million project, which began last September.
Snyder’s of Hanover merged with Lance Inc. last year to form the country’s second-largest salty snack manufacturer. Shares trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol LNCE.