Opportunity

934 kilowatt
solar power system

70%
electricity needs

$176,000
savings annually

Wawona Packing Co., one of the larger grower-packer-shippers of stone fruit in California, with more than 6,500 acres in production was looking for a way to further drive sustainability through its operations. Solar power made not only economic sense but it also involves the intrinsic benefit of being socially responsible, giving back, sustainability and lowering the companies carbon footprint.

Solution

A ground mounted solar tracking system, producing more solar energy per acre with the SunSeeker tracker, powers 70% of Wawona Packing Co.’s electricity needs and providing an expected annual savings of $225,000. 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 Wawona Packings short and long term sustainability goals and meets the bulk their electricity needs.

“Sustainability is a key focus for us at Wawona packing, so solar made sense. We chose SPG Solar in part through their previous work with other packers and shippers.”Brent Smittcamp, President of Wawona Packing

Solar Power Generation

The solar tracking system produces over 1.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) yearly, equivalent to powering 164 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
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Offsets 1,371 tons of carbon dioxide annually
  • Equivalent to removing 244 cars from our congested roads yearly