Cenergy Power just completed its newest collaboration with cold storage company Western Precooling Systems by engineering, designing and installing a 568 kilowatt roof solar array at its Oxnard, CA, cold storage and strawberry cooling facility. It’s the fourth collaboration for the companies and means that Western Precooling is now getting nearly 2 megawatts of power from the sun.
The newest rooftop solar array is expected to turn out nearly 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which will save the company 30 percent of its current utility expenses at this sole facility. To put things in perspective, the environmental impact of this is equal to reducing 342 tons of coal-fired power that would emit 642 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Cenergy has engineered and built several large solar projects for us and we are pleased with their performance and execution on all of their projects,” said Western Precooling President Craig Miller. He added that, "We are always striving to provide further sustainable measures for our fresh produce customers and solar has been a big part of these goals over the last 5 years for our company."
Western Precooling Services is a vegetable and fruit precooling and cold storage company operating throughout the US. It transfers and stores fruits and vegetables harvested in the Oxnard region from growers to distributors precooling products to 34 degrees through its HydroVac technology. By removing heat and moisture from produce it preserves freshness and extends shelf life. During their 75 year history Western Precooling has been proactive in redefining and improving its process of produce storage and precooling. Saving on energy costs with solar and reducing energy use is one of the chief ways the company can continue innovating in its space.
Solar power has an important and increasingly prevalent role to play in commercial and transportation industries. For example, Pasha Steveedoring and Terminals and the Port of Los Angeles recently teamed up to develop the US’s largest solar powered micro-grid project, the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, which will run on clean energy, producing zero to near-zero emissions during the handling and moving of freight—it will even clean emissions from ships in port.
That and the projects at Western Precooling show that industries are starting to take solar more seriously, and the opportunity is huge. Across the US big box store companies like Target or Walmart, according to an Environment America report earlier this year, could host more than 62 gigawatts of solar panels. That’s enough to power more than 7 million homes across the US and it doesn't even count all the warehouses and other industrial-sized warehouse space across the country.Tweet