We use photovoltaic solar panels to create the electricity that our machines use. Currently we have 6920 watts of pv power on our roof and in our yard, large deep cycle batteries and various controls as our power system. We use grid power to augment and back-up the solar panels by employing a large fork-lift battery charger. We also have a propane fueled generator to cover us during grid outages that correspond to cloudy weather times. Chocolate making is a 24 hour activity and the machines require continuous power. Check out the featured article in the current issue of Home Power Magazine by Grenada Chocolate's co-founder:"Solar-Powered Chocolate Factory"(PDF).
NEWS: The Tres Hombres arrived in Portsmouth, England and we unloaded 22,000 chocolate bars in perfect condition after three months at sea all the way from Grenada, about 4600 miles! The ship is on the way to Holland right now and we will be unloading abou 18,000 bars in Amsterdam on June 14th onto a caravan of cycles to bring them sustianably, pollution-free to shops all over Holland and Belgium! See video about it all: here http://vimeo.com/41609981 Grenada Chocolate bars are shipped to UK and Holland on the Tres Hombres sailing ship, an old-fashioned, square-rigged Brigantine 32 meter ship. And, to Carriacou, Grenada's sister Island 20 miles away, on our 13 foot Hobie Cat. The Hobie Cat, of course, has no engine and we use the power of the trade winds to sail regularly to Carriacou with 100 chocolate bars in a waterproof box for delivery to Carriacou stores. See nice article about these voyages here. The Tres Hombres has no engine at all, only powered by the wind and travels the traditional trade wind route from Europe, Africa, The Caribbean, North America and back to Europe with the vision of moving cargo sustainably, pollution-free. The Grenada Chocolate Company has teamed up with The Tres Hombres to be the first to ever deliver sustainably a mass amount of chocolate bars across the ocean from the tropics to Europe. We have arrived in England and Holland already and unloaded all 25,000 chocolate bars from the chocolate hold in May, 2012. The bars were in perfect condition after 2 months at sea. See nice article here. Announcing the 2013 Sustainable, Sailing Boat Delivery of Grenada Chocolate bars to Portsmouth, England and Amsterdam. This time over 50,000 chocolate bars or 4 tons of chocolate! We left Grenada on Feburary 7th. Now the Tres Hombres is at sea on the way to Bermuda, then the Azores, then Portsmouth, England and Amsterdam. Stay tuned to my blog! http://youtu.be/Cs_6fcP3wAI