March 05, 2011
Live Oak Farms, a tomato and bell pepper grower/packer/shipper based out of the Central Valley, announced the commissioning of their 272 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system. The roof mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system spans across two buildings, will offset over 84% of energy costs and provide a payback before the solar system's 4th birthday.
Cenergy Power, a leading commercial solar power developer based out of Merced, California designed, engineered and installed the solar system for Live Oak Farms. The environmental attributes associated with the solar plant will offset more than 15 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) for the next year and will produce and estimated 370,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually.
"Sustainability has been a priority for Live Oak Farms ever since our first harvest," said Bob Giampaoli, managing partner of Live Oak Farms. "From our drip system irrigations, to our minimal use of soil fumigants in our fields and now through the recent installation of our solar power system, we feel we are doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint."
As part of the solar arrangement, Cenergy Power will be providing 10 years of scheduled operations and maintenance ("O&M") work, including but not limited to touch-free panel cleanings, preventative maintenance & repair, and overall system warranties.