McCain’s will use 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

EASTON, Maine — Global potato processor McCain Foods is constructing five solar facilities in Aroostook County that they say will power half of one of their largest plants.

The company has begun construction at the former Loring Air Force Base and four other unnamed locations in Aroostook and plans to have the solar gardens online this fall to help power its Easton facility. McCain’s has committed to reducing emissions by 2025 and using 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, according to a company spokesman.

The solar plan is one of the latest efforts to combat climate change among Maine’s agricultural producers, who are already threatened by both excess rain and drought conditions. Smarter farming and efforts to create climate-resistant potatoes have helped. McCain is developing sustainable practices and grower education so farmers can succeed as the climate changes, said Curtis Swager, senior director of government and external affairs.

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