California Almonds Receive Solar Energy Solution

Reader Contribution by The Mother Earth News Editors
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Conergy Projects Group has broken ground on a 725 kw photovoltaic system for T&P Farms out of Arbuckle, Calif. The
system will power T&P Farms’ almond hulling and shelling operations – allowing the power of the sun to supply the energy needed to “crack” the nuts
out of their shells so they can go into your mouth. The system will supply
T&P with 95 percent of the energy they use and allow T&P to offset
thousands in high utility costs. 

Producing 1,138,280 kwh annually, the installations will
prevent the release of more than 892 tons of harmful CO2 greenhouse
gas per year, reduce energy consumption and save millions in electricity costs
for T&P. 

T&P’s existing orchards already help eliminate millions
of CO2 from the California air, and this installation will help reduce another 22,000 tons of the
greenhouse gas over the next 25 years. “We at

T&P Farms made the right
decision in choosing Conergy for our unique solar array. We asked Conergy to
help us conserve the open ground around our huller and sheller by putting the
solar array on our hull barn and on an elevated structure. Conergy jumped at
the opportunity to take on our project, and they have been outstanding
throughout the entire process. We are looking forward to the advantages going solar
has to offer,” stated Sarah Reynolds, Project Manager with T&P. 

Acting as engineering, procurement, construction, operation
and maintenance firm on the project, Conergy was excited to help T&P reach
its environmental stewardship goals.  “We are very happy to be working
with T&P and help them to reach their green initiatives while saving them
boat loads of money” said David Vincent, Project Development Manager with
Conergy. “T&P is a leader in their industry and a very well respected
company among their peers. We wouldn’t be surprised to see their decision
to go solar prompting many other companies to follow along,” he added.

Photo By Fotolia/Mandorle; Right: Photo Courtesy Conergy Projects Group