REC Solar, a national leader in commercial solar electric system design and installation, today announced the completion of a 1 MW solar energy system for Vignolo Farms. Located in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Vignolo Farms will offset 75 percent of its energy use at its cold storage facility with the four-acre array while significantly reducing its carbon footprint.
The installation of the solar energy system is the capstone in the farm’s comprehensive sustainability portfolio, which includes on-site recycling of growing materials, drop irrigation to preserve water, and composting to enrich crops and reduce waste. Vignolo Farms, a third-generation, family-run farm that produces wine grapes and organic potatoes, is a leader in sustainable agricultural practices.
“Vignolo Farms knows that sustainability isn’t a marketing campaign, but a real business asset,” said Brett Dixon, president of Top Brass Marketing, the sales agent for all Vignolo Farms products. “We’ve seen a sharp uptick in customer demand for sustainable produce, so generating our own solar energy was a natural next move for us. REC Solar’s track record as an affordable and reliable installer for a range of California farms made the decision to go solar even easier. ”
REC Solar completed the installation on time and on budget, while working around the demands of a working farm. In addition to Vignolo Farms, REC Solar has installed solar systems for more than two-dozen large and small growers and cold storage facilities throughout the state.
The roster includes Delano Growers, Peter Rabbit Farms and Amaral Ranches, many of which are family-owned farms in the Coachella and Imperial Valley regions.
Source: Business Wire