REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, announced today, in conjunction with Taylor Farms, that it surpassed 100 installations for the agriculture sector. To reach this milestone, REC Solar and Taylor Farms, the leading producer of value-added produce in North America, completed a 1MW project in Gonzales, California. This installation is part of Taylor Farms’ commitment to investing in renewable energy sources across the country.
REC Solar’s agriculture sector installations account for 45MW of the company’s installed total of over 200MW. Over the past 19 years, REC Solar has helped approximately 70 businesses in the agricultural sector, including growers, vineyards, nurseries, food and beverage processors and cold storage facilities, to manage energy costs and improve long-term business stability with clean solar energy.
This latest Taylor Farms system in Gonzales, California coupled with its existing wind turbine can offset more than 25 percent of that facility’s energy consumption during peak periods. REC Solar previously completed a solar project for Taylor Farms in Salinas, California, and is working with the company on additional projects for facilities in Tracy, California and Dallas, Texas.
“Taylor Farms is a leader in the agriculture industry, and now in sustainability, because we know it’s the right thing to do,” said Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability at Taylor Farms. “Not only are we taking care of the environment but we’re also providing ourselves with reliable and cost effective energy sources.”
“Over the last 15 years, some of our most innovative solar solutions have been developed for members of the agriculture community. Farmers were some of the earliest adopters of solar because they quickly saw the business and environmental benefits,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at REC Solar. “We are proud of the work we are doing to help such a critically important industry thrive in California, Hawaii and across the nation.”