Written by Gabriel Dillard
Food processing companies with operations in the Central Valley received more than $19 million from the California Energy Commission Thursday.
The grants were made through the Food Production Investment Program, and are meant to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The commission considered the following projects at its business meeting Thursday morning:
Olam West Coast
– $2.01 million grant to install and operate an electric drying system at a dehydrated food manufacturing facility in Firebaugh, replacing a natural-gas-fueled system used for onion drying.
– $3.57 million to design, install and operate a high-temperature solar thermal energy system at the Lemoore tomato processing facility.
–$3 million to design, install and operate a high-temperature solar thermal energy system at its Visalia diary processing facility.
– $2.84 million to design, install and operate a high-temperature solar thermal energy system for the Tulare dairy processing facility
Foster Poultry Farms
–$2.66 million to fund energy efficiency upgrades at its five existing food processing facilities, which includes Fresno
Imperial Western Products
– $438,348 to fund energy efficiency upgrades at four existing food processing facilities, including Fresno
The Neil Jones Food Co.
– $3 million to install and operate an energy efficient pre-evaporator system for the Firebaugh tomato-processing plant
– $805,584 to install and demonstrate an optimized compressed air system at the Kingsburg raisin production plant
– $860,596 for energy efficiency upgrades at the Kerman food production facility