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As part of Louisiana's largest historic revitalization involving photovoltaic (PV)
installations, the Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory in New Orleans recently was converted
into energy-efficient apartments for artists.
About 3,300 MAGE® POWERTEC PLUS modules supply 1.4 gigawatt-hours annually to six
housing areas that are part of Louisiana's revitalization plan. Among the converted
buildings is the Blue Plate building in New Orleans. Built in 1941, the Blue Plate
building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now is powered
by a 63-kilowatt system.
Other revived segments include the iconic American Can building, Bonne Terre Village
Apartments and River Garden Apartments. The apartment complexes generate a combined
564 kilowatts of solar energy spread among more than 69 individual roof systems
and 26 parking canopies.
The revitalization plan was designed, engineered and executed by Pontchartrain Mechanical,
Metairie, La. The plan developer, HRI Properties, New Orleans, has been revitalizing
cities by creating diverse, vibrant, sustainable communities. Funding was made possible
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the EmPower Louisiana
initiative administered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.
HistoryBlue Plate Mayonnaise
Blue Plate Mayonnaise was one of the first commercially prepared mayonnaise products
in the U.S., according to blueplatemayo.com.
In 1929, Blue Plate Foods Inc. was founded as a subsidiary of Wesson-Snowdrift Oil
Co., and mayonnaise production began in a small warehouse in Gretna, La.
In 1941, Blue Plate Foods factory moved across the Mississippi River to New Orleans,
where the company built the ultramodern, three-story concrete building, which was
designed by architect August Perez. Although construction was delayed by World War
II, the new plant officially opened in November 1943.
The company was bought by Hunt Foods in 1960 and in 1974 was acquired by William
B. Reily III, which returned the ownership to Louisiana as part of Wm. B. Reily
Mayonnaise production ceased at the Blue Plate Foods factory in 2000.
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