As an agricultural company, we are deeply committed to protecting and conserving our natural resources. In partnership with industry leaders and universities, Wonderful directs significant resources toward cutting-edge research and groundbreaking technology to improve our product quality and operational efficiency while also minimizing our impact on the environment. To date, we have invested more than $120 million in protecting our natural resources.
We have four large solar installations at our three primary plants, with our Wonderful Halos plant boasting one of the largest solar rooftop installations in America. We have also installed fuel cells at our six primary locations. Our Wonderful Citrus and Halos locations generate 35% of their required electricity without combustion or pollution.
In the midst of a historic drought, all of us in California are talking more than usual about how we can be most efficient with our water use. And that is no different for us at The Wonderful Company.
As stewards of the environment, we are always looking at ways to further reduce our water impact. That's why, to date, we have invested nearly $25 million in advanced irrigation research and technologies—from incorporating new ways to measure and monitor soil moisture to mapping crops with drones.
Our commitment to innovation doesn't end with irrigation. After 25 years of breeding and selection, we've created Pistachio Super Trees, which use the same amount of water to produce a 30% higher yield.
Bees are a subject of global concern, due not only to the decline of bee populations, but also the aging, retiring beekeeper population. Wonderful Bees, our newly established operation, is now one of America’s largest bee companies, and we are actively hiring and training young apprentices and bee biologists to help us secure the future for this critical element of agriculture.
The Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech was made possible through Stewart and Lynda Resnick’s $30 million gift. The Institute provides a path to sustainability by focusing on the innovative science and engineering research required to develop groundbreaking technologies and solutions to global energy and climate change.