Mecca Agricultural Firm Launches Advanced Solar Energy System

News Release

2012


Dec 19

Mecca Agricultural Firm Launches Advanced Solar Energy System

MECCA – Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. today launched an advanced solar energy system that will efficiently generate sustainable energy for its agricultural operations in Mecca.

The 300kW photovoltaic solar energy system utilizes leading-edge dual axis tracking technology to harness the area’s vast solar resources more efficiently than the traditional fixed solar plates.

“Providing clean, reliable power is a key component to successful entrepreneurship in California,” said Nick Bozick, president of Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. “Adding solar energy to our sustainability matrix, which also includes using tier 4 tractors in the field and packing our product in reusable containers as it goes to market, reflects our ultimate goal of responsibly lowering our carbon footprint.”

Supervisor John J. Benoit lauded the project, which generates renewable energy to meet the on-site power needs of refrigeration systems and other operations at the packinghouse. Benoit noted that adoption of distributed generation systems by commercial energy users will help California meet its renewable energy goals.

“This project helps the U.S. become energy independent and elevates the profile of renewable energy in our valley,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I commend Richard Bagdasarian, Inc., a premier grower in the Coachella Valley, on their impressive investment in a cleaner energy future.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>

The new, environmentally-friendly system will generate electricity for the Bagdasarian plant with no air emissions, no waste production and no water use. The system will displace 540 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 112 cars burning 60,272 gallons of gas off the road in one year or the annual consumption of electricity for 80 homes.

The company is also looking to incorporate solar in several field pumping stations and other packing facilities in a continuing effort to sustain its long-term social responsibility.

Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. is a 60-year-old agricultural firm in Mecca that grows, ships and markets grapes, citrus and vegetables. For more information on Richard Bagdasarian, Inc., visit www.mrgrape.com.







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