Primex Farms has gone nuts over solar energy.
The Wasco, California-based pistachio processing plant now has a 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system to power its operations thanks to Cenergy Power, a California commercial solar developer that will provide a decade of operations and system maintenance.
Located in California's fertile Central Valley, Primex Farms is an environmental leader in the agricultural sector. According to CEO of Primex Farms, Ali Amin, installing a solar energy system -- and partnering with Cenergy -- was the next logical step:
"Being the first in our industry to recycle solid waste and water at our Wasco facility, the decision to go solar was a natural next step in our continuous endeavor to incorporate environmentally 'green' concepts into our business. We chose Cenergy Power based on their integrated engineering expertise and strong reputation among Central Valley growers for delivering superior project economics and excellent post-commissioning customer service."
Construction of Primex's solar power array began in early August. The solar panels are spread out over carports, open roofs and ground space throughout the facility. Together, the panels are expected to produce 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy each year -- roughly equal to the annual demand of 150 typical American houses -- and offset over 40 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years.