Opportunity

1.1 megawatt
solar power system

90%
electricity needs

$260,000
savings annually

Ratto Bros. offers more than 70 varieties of herbs, leafy greens, fruits and other vegetables throughout the year. Going solar was a way to lower operating costs at their 70,000 square-foot cooling and packing house, located just minutes from the fields.

Solution

A ground mounted solar tracking system, producing more solar energy per acre with the SunSeeker tracker, powers 90% of Ratto Bros’ cooling plant. The solar installation not only cuts down on their daily operating costs but provides a long-term hedge against rising electricity costs and a strategy towards sustainable production.

Result

A solar power system that helps meet Ratto Bros. short and long term sustainability goals and meets the bulk their electricity needs.

“Solar made economic sense for Ratto Bros. and is providing us thousands in savings a day. Solar is a smart investment and is better than a crop per net dollar invested.”Randy Diven, CIO Ratto Bros

Solar Power Generation

The solar tracking system produces over 2.1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) yearly, equivalent to powering 192 average American homes annually and providing energy during peak hours of the day, when electricity loads and prices are at their highest.

Benefit

  • Lower operating costs
  • Long term hedge against rising electricity costs
  • Profit center passed to the next generation
  • Offsets 1,654 tons of carbon dioxide annually
  • Equivalent to removing 291 cars from our congested roads yearly