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For a 50,000 square foot cold storage facility, a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell system optimized by CalCom Solar can provide a net economic gain of $1 million over the minimum 25-year lifetime of the system1

It may sound impossible: accurately calculate the solar photovoltaic (PV) cell generation capacity that your cold storage operation will need for the next 25 years…yet it’s absolutely vital for maximizing ROI:

  • For a cold storage facility, overbuilding or under-building solar PV capacity by just 5% can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the minimum 25-year life span of a solar system

CalComSolar’s expertise in the Ag industry and advanced energy forecasting allows us to accurately rightsize your solar energy installation for its full 25-year life cycle:

  • We overlay your hourly/daily usage on top of dozens of rate and tariff scenarios, so that we can design and deploy a solar power system that fully maximizes your ROI. For example, here are just 2 variables we factor into our calculations:
    • We are able to precisely dial-in the ideal number of energy credits you need to “bank” during off-peak times so that you can apply them during peak season and achieve the greatest savings
    • We can show payback on various construction scenarios, based on installing solar panels:
      • on building rooftops
      • as photovoltaic cell carports to shade parking lots, vehicles, and/or equipment
      • as pre-processing photovoltaic cell shade structures that help cool food products before they enter your cold
      • storage facility
      • as a hybrid installation that leverages all 3 options

Most importantly, we can go beyond just solar power generation to incorporate comprehensive Ag energy management strategies that add even more to your bottom line:

  • Ag incentive programs like Demand Response, Peak Day Pricing, Technology Incentives, etc. that pay you to improve energy efficiency
  • Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) that pays up to 60% of the cost of deploying additional self-generation technologies like Digesters, Wind Turbines, Gas Turbines, and more
  1. Projected net economic gain over the minimum 25-year solar photovoltaic (PV) cell system lifecycle after a) savings from reduced electricity expense, b) utility offset/credits for solar power generation. Your return will vary depending on your individual circumstances..
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