May 21, 2015
Leading Central Valley Solar Provider Empowers Agriculture Business and Water Districts to Optimize Energy and Water Use
VISALIA & HANFORD, California, May 21, 2015 — CalCom Solar, a leader in design-build solar projects for California agribusinesses and water districts, has commenced installation of a new 1.1 MW solar power system at Medeiros & Son Dairy, a dairy farm located in Hanford, CA. The project will be completed in the Summer of 2015.
“CalCom Solar is making solar energy work for us, both operationally and financially,” says Brian Medeiros. “The dairy business takes constant evaluation and assessment to ensure our operation and team is working as efficiently as possible. We’re extremely focused on improving efficiencies across the entire dairy farm. Installing Solar is one of those crucial tools that makes a lot of sense. It helps us to reduce our energy costs and improve our bottom line.”
“We’re very proud to be working with Medeiros and Son, a leader in sustainable dairying and farming, and to provide them with clean, reliable, emissions-free electricity,” notes CalCom Solar CEO Nic Stover. “By deploying over a megawatt of clean solar-powered generation, Medeiros will take a huge step towards becoming a net-zero, sustainable dairy. Beginning in the third quarter of 2015, Medeiros will significantly lower operational costs, saving approximately $320,000 annually on utility bills. Over the next 25 years, this solar array will help provide financial certainty and stability, by providing more than $8 million in utility savings.”
In addition to the financial savings, the system will also help in California’s efforts to mitigate climate change. This solar array will significantly reduce CO2 emissions — the equivalent of burning 1.6 million pounds of coal or nearly 166,000 gallons of gasoline every year. “By having a lower cost renewable energy source, our farming practices will also improve as we will be able to increase the amount of run time on fans and other electrical appliances, helping to cool our cows more,” says Medeiros. This new PV array deployment leverages Net Energy Metering Aggregation (NEMA), affording CalCom the ability to install Medeiros’ solar array where it can can return dividends on once unproductive ground.
CalCom Solar will be deploying NEXTracker technology in this array, an innovative technology aligned with CalCom’s focus on helping agricultural customers increase their energy yield while lowering costs.
About Medeiros & Son Dairy
Medeiros & Son Dairy is a family farm located in Kings County in California’s Central Valley. The dairy milks 2,450 cows and farms 1,400 acres. Medeiros & Son was honored as Dairy Family of the Year for Kings County in 2013.
About CalCom Solar
CalCom Solar, a leading California-based solar provider serving agriculture and water districts, has extensive expertise in Ag energy/water-use optimization. Our founding team has 35 years of solar experience—delivering tremendous value-add for agriculture and water district customers. For more information, please visit www.calcomsolar.com.