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In summer 2015, Kickapoo Coffee became one of the first coffee roasters in the world to take its power from an on-site solar array.

With the exception of our vintage Probat G30 gas-powered roaster and winter heating, our entire roastery, offices and production floor are powered by an 80 panel, 25-Kilowatt solar array.

Switching to solar power fits with our overall strategy and commitment to reduce our carbon footprint as well as our mission to be a farmer-focused company. Our producers are already feeling the impact of climate change. In addition to fluctuations in weather patterns and growing seasons, climate change exacerbates the spread of plant diseases like la Roya, a fungus that has become endemic in every coffee growing region in the world and threatens to change how and where coffee is produced.

We worked with our friends at Ethos Renewable Power in Viroqua, WI to install our solar array. Ethos' mission is to create an independent green power economy that results in energy self-reliance plus 100% of their profits go back into catalyzing new solar generation for a brighter future. 

For more information about the project and our partners, please visit our blog post, Daily Coffee News or News8000.