New Solar Plant Will Help Power California Agricultural Operation


GreenVolts Inc. says it has commissioned a 464 kW solar project at Van Dyke's Rice Dryer in Pleasant Grove, Calif.

The Van Dykes, who have been a part of the California agricultural community for more than a century, started their drying operation in 1953 and now dry and store about 150 million pounds of rice per year. Due to rising prices, electricity now represents about 23% of the company's total costs, and the Van Dykes realized they needed to do something to counteract this growing expense, GreenVolts explains.

GreenVolts says heavy equipment was not required for the system and that pre-assembly reduced on-site labor, which helped to contain the construction site. As a result, the project was completed on schedule and with minimal impact to the ongoing operations at the dryer, the company adds.

‘We are excited about the long-term power supply from this solar project that will allow us to control costs for our growers,’ says Jim Van Dyke, owner of Van Dyke's Rice Dryer.

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