Paul Delima Coffee

Paul deLima Coffee goes green
Updated Wednesday 11 August, 2010
Almost everyone has heard of green eggs and ham, but how about green coffee? That's what leaders at Paul deLima Coffee in Cicero say they're hoping to achieve. A wind turbine has been spinning on the company's property for the past couple of years and as our Kat De Maria tells us, it's now being joined by a solar farm.

CICERO, N.Y. -- For anyone driving on I-81 near Cicero, it's almost impossible not to notice the wind turbine and now solar panels on the front lawn of an area company, but it isn't an energy or green technology outfit. It's Paul deLima Coffee.

"Coffee is very much an organic product that we buy from all over the world and one of the things we wanted to do is also reduce our carbon footprint. Therefore we looked into solar and wind technology,” said Michael Garlick, Paul deLima Coffee President.

Leaders at Paul deLima didn't have to look far. Sister company Warner Energy, whose offices share a site with the deLima distribution center in Liverpool, put in a ten kilowatt turbine last year, and an eight kilowatt solar farm a couple of weeks ago.

"At this point, we do have significant reduction on our power bills. Solar is still something we're still monitoring at this time,” said Garlick.

Leaders say they're hoping to cut their draw on the power grid by 25 to 30 percent. Meanwhile, they say they've implemented other energy efficiencies in the roasting plant, including new lighting and recycling.

"We separate all of our paper and plastic products. We also work with SUNY ESF to take our spent products that they then use into composting in the area,” said Garlick.

The president of Paul deLima coffee says he believes the company's commitment to the environment will make it more attractive to clients, but will also serve as a model to others in the area and region.

"We absolutely believe that with our sales effort on solar and wind, we will hit other residential and commercial businesses in Central New York with solar technology,” said Garlick.

The president of Paul deLima coffee says company leaders will focus on fine-tuning their existing green initiatives, and will consider expanding their new solar farm.

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