Mayor Emanuel visits Testa produce
Post ID: 32132 | POSTED ON: Feb 29, 2012
— Immediately after receiving the City’s Plan for Economic Development and Jobs this morning , Mayor Emanuel toured Testa Produce, the first ever LEED Platinum rated foodservice distribution facility in the country that also houses the city’s first free-standing wind turbine.
Testa Produce is located on a restored brownfield in Chicago’s “Back of the Yards” neighborhood, and the almost 13- acre property features an impressive array of sustainable technology, including renewable energy, energy efficient lighting, water efficiency measures, and green transportation.
“Businesses like Testa Produce are exactly the kinds of businesses we hope to promote and facilitate using the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Testa’s work is in line with the City’s planning and framework for economic development and growth, and Testa creates jobs for Chicagoans that are high-paying and on the cutting edge.”
In addition to the first free-standing wind turbine in the city of Chicago, the Testa facility has 180 solar panels, generating nearly 900,000 kw/hours of renewable clean energy per year on site, accounting for over 30% of the building’s own power consumption. Testa’s water efficiency measures, including a 5,000 gallon rainwater cistern and green roofing, combine to reduce the facility’s water demand by 40%. The more than 60 delivery trucks in Testa’s fleet all run on bio-diesel.
The City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development provided the land for $1 and arranged a property tax incentive valued at $1.8 million for Testa. Testa also received $7.1 million in New Markets Tax Credits for the $20.5 million project.
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