Written by The Business Journal Staff
The first ag solar project is a 2.49-megawatt rooftop installation for Bee Sweet Citrus that consists of more than 8,000 panels. Bee Sweet Citrus is a year-round independent packer and shipper of California citrus.
The other project is a 3.25-megawatt rooftop and ground installation for National Raisin Company that consists of more than 10,500 panels, making it one of the largest ag solar installations in the U.S., according to Pickett Solar.
The Bee Sweet Citrus installation is expected to produce 3,442 megawatt hours of electricity annually, and the National Raisin Company installation is expected to produce 5,523 megawatt hours of electricity annually.
In total, the cumulative amount of electricity produced from these two installations is equivalent to powering 564 American homes for one year.
Approximately 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be offset annually from these projects.
“It’s our privilege to partner with agribusinesses and commercial companies for projects like these,” said Mike Pickett, owner of Pickett Solar. “We are seeing more and more industries from across the spectrum look toward solar with a money invested, money saved mentality. At Pickett Solar, we work hard to ensure a design that is not only balanced, but will function as intended and stands the test of time.”