REC Solar has installed solar energy systems, totaling 1 MW, for two California farms.
Peter Rabbit Farms, located in Coachella, Calif., is now hosting a 358 kW solar system that provides enough power to offset 40% of farm's energy use and saves an estimated $80,000 off their yearly utility bills, according to REC Solar.
Amaral Ranches, located in California's Imperial Valley region, installed a 605 kW system that provides enough power to offset over 70% of the farm's growing and cold storage operations. The project was financed by Rabobank NA.
With the solar array, Amaral Ranches takes advantage of its relatively dormant summer season to sell power back to the utility to offset costs during the more energy-intensive harvest and planting seasons. The system, which received the first solar permit for agricultural land in Imperial County, is already producing energy at 105% the rate of projected energy production, REC Solar adds.