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For a tree nut grower with a single 100 HP pump, a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell system optimized by CalCom Solar can provide a net economic gain of $750,000 over the minimum 25-year lifetime of the solar power system1

Accurately calculating the solar photovoltaic (PV) cell system capacity that your tree nut-growing operation will need for the next 25 years is incredibly difficult…yet absolutely vital for maximizing the ROI:

  • For a single pump, overbuilding or under-building solar PV capacity by just 5% can cost an almond or pistachio grower tens of thousands of dollars over its lifetime
  • Multiply that by dozens or even hundreds of pumps, and you’re looking at lifecycle losses of a million dollars or more

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

  • We model dozens of rate and tariff scenarios to analyze the impact that changing irrigation patterns have on energy use. To name just 3 variables:

    • We are able to calculate the impact that reduced water use during harvest time (often a Peak Demand period) has on energy demand
    • We can quantify the multi-year impact that growing trees from saplings to maturity has on water use and the corresponding effect on energy demands
    • Our calculations take into account the different energy loads of different pump types:

      • Groundwater pumps
      • Booster pumps
      • Surface water pumps
  • We can usually avoid displacing almond, pistachio, and other trees through various creative strategies, however, we can also provide hard numbers detailing the economic trade-offs that come from planting solar power panels in place of trees Most importantly, we can go beyond just solar energy 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. 1) Projected net economic gain over the minimum 25-year solar panel system lifecycle after a) savings from reduced electricity expense, b) utility offset/credits for solar power generation, c) tax savings. Your return will vary depending on your individual circumstances.
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