TEVA Energy LLC has commissioned a solar thermal system at Cargill's Fresno beef processing plant in California. The facility uses the system to preheat water that is used throughout the plant for food safety and sanitation purposes.
TEVA and its financier, Skyline Innovations Inc., installed and own the solar system, eliminating the capital investment Cargill would otherwise need to make. TEVA and Skyline sell the solar energy to Cargill at rates below its natural gas rates.
System performance is being monitored in real time through remote metering, as well as on-site monitoring equipment.