California packinghouse flips solar switch

01/02/2013 12:39:00 PM
Mike Hornick

click image to zoomCourtesy Richard Bagdasarian Inc.Richard Bagdasarian Inc. is drawing power for its Mecca, Calif., packinghouse from a 300-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system.Richard Bagdasarian Inc. has begun drawing power for its Mecca, Calif., packinghouse from a new 300-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system.

“Adding solar energy to our sustainability matrix, which also includes using Tier 4 tractors in the field and packing our product in reusable containers as it goes to market, reflects our ultimate goal of responsibly lowering our carbon footprint,” Nick Bozick, president and owner, said in a news release.

The solar technology uses dual-axis tracking technology rather than traditional flat, fixed solar plates. It is expected to displace 540 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually — equivalent to the annual consumption of electricity for 80 homes.

The company also plans to incorporate solar in several field pumping stations and other packing facilities.

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