Yakima Chief Hops, you're chief among those who dare to hop on the "harness-the-power-of-the-sun" bandwagon.

Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) is a 100% farmer owned hop supplier for the brewing industry and they have just completed their latest solar panel installation bringing their grand total to 3,706 solar panels, the largest rooftop solar array in Washington state.

Hops are the flowers of the hop plant Humulus Iupulus. Hops are used primarily as a bittering, flavoring and stability agent in beer.

While YCH has offices located across the globe, the company’s headquarters are based in Yakima, Washington, known as the hop capital of the world.

YCH’s solar array spans across six buildings, covering a total of 70,000 square feet with 3,706 solar panels and producing 1,414,766 kwh of electricity annually. YCH is able to capture 15% of their entire electricity demands and offset their annual emissions by 1,000 Metric tons, equivalent to providing 170 homes with electricity for one year.

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“At YCH, we aim to make more of an impact by making less of one,” said Levi Wyatt, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at YCH. “Our operations utilize a significant amount of energy and we are committed to finding ways to lessen our dependency on fossil fuels and finite resources. We also believe in using our business to inspire and influence environmental solutions.”

YCH partnered with Ellensburg Solar to complete the installation of the solar array who have been involved since the first panel was installed back in 2016.

To date, YCH has invested more than $2 million in renewable energy solutions as they work towards energy independence. Additionally, YCH teamed up with local energy suppliers Benton REA and Pacific Power & Light to conduct an energy management assessment. YCH will begin implementation of a 1.2 million kwh energy savings uncovered during the assessment.

YCH is a 100% grower-owned global hop supplier with a mission to connect brewers with family hop farms. Operating for more than 30 years, they have become more than a hop supplier, they are leaders of innovation, quality and customer service. They are a resource for brewers, providing solutions-based products and industry leading research, and they are the advocates of sustainability and meaningful social causes, working to support the environment and communities around them.