Solar Spotlight: Pistachio and Almond Grower Invests in Solar for a Harvest of Savings

This post was originally published in 2018. The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.

The ground-mounted system installed by JKB Energy located in Kettleman City, California, is the second largest net-metered solar project in PG&E territory and has a projected annual savings of $435,490.

With an extremely high energy bill that he was looking to offset, this farmer located in the heart of the “Golden State” decided to install a solar array to power a large scale irrigation system for multiple ranches.

The 2,534.40kW system consists of 32 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters and 7,680 solar modules.

“We utilized SMA products because they are reliable, highly efficient and we can count on the SMA team as a true partner out in the field,” said Chad Cummings, JKB Energy’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

With an estimated annual production of more than 4,000,000 kWh, the system is expected to offset approximately 90 percent of the orchard’s energy consumption. JKB Energy commissioned the solar project in April 2018.

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