The 2.2-megawatt solar system is expected to span 390,000 square feet and offset utility costs at two cold storage areas and a packaging facility. A 70-kilowatt solar carport will be added to further offset the grower-shipper’s energy use at its main office building.
The project is in the permitting process with Fresno County and completion is targeted for the end of October, said Nader Yarpezeshkan, director of sales and corporate development at Cenergy Power.
The ground-mounted solar and carport systems are designed to produce over 3.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, reducing the plant’s energy needs by 68% and providing a four-year unlevered return on investment, according to a news release.
“We believe that economically sound sustainability initiatives make tremendous business sense and we’re excited to move forward with Cenergy Power,” Michael Toms, chief operating officer of HMC Farms, said in the release. “In addition to the strong financial benefits, we feel great about the environmental attributes associated with the solar system.”
The energy generated will be the equivalent of the carbon sequestered by 2,000 acres of forests annually, Toms said, referring to numbers based on Environmental Protection Agency data.
Cenergy Power has offices in San Diego and Merced, Calif.