Vista Solar has completed a 1.1 MW ground-mount solar project for Classic Salads in Watsonville, Calif. The project is expected to offset Classic Salads’ electricity bill by over 50% and generate more than 1.75 million kWh of clean energy each year.
“Solar was a smart move for us financially, especially with [utility] rates continually on the rise,” explains Lance Batistich, owner of Classic Salads. The company, which produces and distributes baby leaf salads and specialty vegetables, is anticipated to save nearly $190,000 in the first year of the system’s operation alone. Furthermore, Vista Solar has also installed a 33.8 kW system at Classic Salads’ Salinas, Calif., office.
Brian Brogan, Vista Solar’s senior project developer, says, “It is rewarding to support the agricultural community with sustainable, renewable energy.”
The solar energy components for the Watsonville ground-mount system include 3,440 Suniva 325 W solar panels, SMA Tri-Power inverters and AP Alternatives racking.