California almond growers group completes 1-MW solar project

KERMAN, CA–(Marketwired – May 10, 2016) – Central California Almond Growers Association (CCAGA), the largest grower-owned cooperative in the world focused on almond hulling and shelling, has announced the completion of its 1MW ground-mounted solar system at its Kerman facility in California. After a rigorous selection process, CCAGA chose Cenergy Power to engineer and install the large solar system. 

CCAGA’s new solar array will produce approximately 1,845,800 kWh of electricity annually for the association, the equivalent of reducing 1,403 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) — equal to the emissions of over 1.3 million pounds of coal burned annually. CCAGA is also poised to save more than half of their Kerman — K-3 facility’s electricity costs annually with the implementation of the solar project. 

“Cenergy did an exemplary job with the installation of a beautiful solar array and delivered it on schedule, and with no glitches,” stated Mike Kelley, President & CEO of CCAGA, at the solar site’s dedication event last week. “I’ve never seen a major project come online without some problem or issue; this project was smooth from start to finish.” 

“CCAGA is a world class almond huller and we feel very fortunate to be part of their push into sustainable solar,” stated Cenergy Power CEO, Bill Pham.

About Central California Almond Growers Association (CCAGA) (
Central California Almond Growers Association (Association) is a non-profit grower-owned cooperative governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. Its service area is Valley-wide and generally from Merced to Pixley. CCAGA is the largest Sheller and Huller of Almonds in the World with 453 members farming 42,653 acres of almonds. 

About Cenergy Power (
Cenergy Power (a division of BAP Power Corp) is a leading solar integrator delivering unmatched value to commercial, agricultural and utility customers throughout the US. Based on installed capacity and year after year growth, Cenergy is the only commercial solar contractor to rank “Top Ten” in North America consecutively since 2013 by Solar Power World, a leading solar industry publication. Cenergy is comprised of seasoned professionals in the areas of power engineering, construction management and project financing. Cenergy’s integrated capabilities provide businesses with an annual internal rate of return on their clean power investments of up to 25%.