REC Solar announced Sept. 20 that, in conjunction with Taylor Farms, it has surpassed 100 installations for the agriculture sector.
To reach this milestone, REC Solar and Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added produce, completed a 1-MW solar project in Gonzales, California. This installation is part of Taylor Farms’ commitment to investing in renewable energy sources across the country.
REC Solar’s agriculture sector installations account for 45 MW of the company’s installed total of over 200 MW. Over the past 19 years, REC Solar has helped approximately 70 businesses in the agricultural sector, including growers, vineyards, nurseries, food and beverage processors and cold storage facilities, to manage energy costs and improve long-term business stability with solar energy.
This latest Taylor Farms system in Gonzales, California, coupled with its existing wind turbine, can offset more than 25% of that facility’s energy consumption during peak periods. REC Solar previously completed a solar project for Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, and is working with the company on additional projects for facilities in Tracy, California, and Dallas, Texas.
“Taylor Farms is a leader in the agriculture industry, and now in sustainability, because we know it’s the right thing to do,” said Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability at Taylor Farms. “Not only are we taking care of the environment but we’re also providing ourselves with reliable and cost effective energy sources.”
“Over the last 15 years, some of our most innovative solar solutions have been developed for members of the agriculture community. Farmers were some of the earliest adopters of solar because they quickly saw the business and environmental benefits,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at REC Solar.
REC is backed by Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), one of the largest energy companies in the world. Incorporating experience from more than 550 successful commercial solar installations over 19 years, REC Solar said it tailors financing and technology solutions to immediately deliver bottom line savings.
Taylor Farms is dedicated to being North America’s favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods. It is family owned and based in Salinas, California, with twelve operating companies throughout North America.