May 23, 2014
BAKERSFIELD, California, May 22, 2014 -- CalCom Solar, a leader in transforming Ag energy liabilities into productive assets, continues to build momentum in the agricultural market by deploying solar power generation systems that capitalize on Aggregated Net Metering opportunities. CalCom Solar beginning installation of a 570-kilowatt solar power generation system to power a 300 HP irrigation pump for Pleasant Valley Pistachios, LLC.
“CalCom Solar was a great fit for us,” says Brad Gleason of West Hills Farm Services, Inc., which operates Pleasant Valley Pistachios, LLC. “We are continually looking for ways for our clients to get more efficient, especially in the area of energy. We already participate in PG&E’s energy mitigation program and have seen great results from that. Adding solar to the mix was a natural next step.”
“With our advanced Ag energy forecasting,” notes Nic Stover, Vice President of Development for CalCom Solar, “we were able to precisely analyze how solar would impact Pleasant Valley’s participation in energy mitigation programs. In the first year alone, Brad and his operations will save more than $100,000 on electric expenses.”
CalCom Solar is not only reducing electric costs for Pleasant Valley Pistachios, LLC. The innovative financing package CalCom Solar help put together ensures that the project will be cash flow positive starting in the very first year and continue to provide positive net returns for the next 25 years. In fact, savings over the life-time of the solar power system are projected to exceed $4.7 million.
In addition to the financial savings, this system will offset 686 metric tons of CO2 annually. This equals the equivalent of 646,000 pounds of coal or 67,000 gallons of gas that will not be consumed.
About West Hills Farm Services, Inc. West Hills Farm Services, Inc. together with West Hills Financial, LLC (formerly Ag Strategies) is a full-service, end-to- end solution for managing ag-based businesses. They specialize in tree-crops including pistachios and almonds in the greater Central California region. West Hills manages farms all over Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Kern counties and millions of dollars in crops, equipment and personnel. Core to their beliefs are transparency, responsibility, and reliability.
About CalCom Solar. The founders of CalCom Solar have been in the solar energy industry for more than 35 years. But our true value-add for Ag customers comes from our deep expertise in Ag energy/water-use optimization. This allows us to generate the most precise Ag energy projections in the industry. For more information, please visit www.calcomsolar.com.