Cenergy to expand solar capacity for California nut company

Cenergy Power and Poindexter Nut Co. have finalized an agreement to expand Poindexter’s existing 1.1 MW (dc) solar capacity facility in California by another 1.4 MW (dc).

The expansion projects are made up of two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems sized at 297.6 kW (dc) and 1,078.8 kW (dc) for the Fresno County-based walnut grower and processor. This latest expansion places Poindexter among agricultural businesses with the largest distributed solar capacities in California’s Central Valley.

The projects will boost Poindexter’s overall solar generation to nearly 4 million kWh of clean solar power annually. This reduces the amount of Poindexter’s utility power usage at its walnut processing operation by up to 85%.

“After verifying several years of solar production from our existing system which proved to be on track with projections and the continuous growth of operation, I felt it made sense to expand our solar efforts. This expansion will provide a complete offset of the majority of Poindexter Nut Company’s farming acreage. We are very excited to work with Cenergy once more and look forward to breaking ground next quarter,” said Mike Poindexter, CEO of Poindexter Nut, in a June 4 statement.

Cenergy Power said it is a leading solar integrator delivering unmatched value to commercial, agricultural and utility customers throughout the US. Ranked #4 for Commercial Solar in the United States (2014) by Solar Power World, a leading solar industry publication, Cenergy is comprised of seasoned professionals in power engineering, construction management and project financing.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.