California Growers, Processors, Tapping Sun
A small but growing number of California growers and processors are tapping the sun to help power their operations, San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bernadette De Chiaro, a clean energy advocate with Environment California, told SFC that she has seen a growing number of agricultural companies install solar panels over the last five years. The trend has been particularly visible among wineries and packing plants that have high refrigeration and air conditioning costs.
Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Akeena Solar, which installs solar energy systems, told SFC that about 50 to 100 wineries are using solar energy.
Companies that install solar panels can qualify for rebates, federal tax credits on the purchase and installation costs, they can also get credits from utilities for any unused solar power they send to the power grid.
Mariani Packing Company recently completed a 1.1 megawatt solar power system at its Vacaville, Calif., headquarters.
Stay Up-to-Date On Environmental Management, Energy & Sustainability News with EL's Free Daily Newsletter
Energy Manager News
- Tesla Becoming a Major Player in the Energy Storage Market
- Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects
- Refrigeration Battery Works as Energy Storage
- 400 kW Fuel Cell System Powers Comcast Facility
- City Picks UtilityTRX for Utility Bill Management
- FridgeWize Unveils HVAC EC Motors
- Aztec AMC Modular HVAC system Reduces Data Center Cooling Costs
- Verismic Does Remote PC Power Management