Produce Distributor Installs 740-kW Solar Power System

Watsonville Coast Produce is excited to announce the completion of a 739.2-kW solar power system on its agricultural distribution facility in Watsonville, Calif. The Solar Company is proud to have assisted Watsonville Coast Produce in achieving a more sustainable business through renewable energy.

Located in one of the most fertile areas of California, Watsonville Coast Produce has been in business for more than 35 years as a recognized full-line distributor of conventionally grown and certified organically grown produce. Its 44,000-square-foot warehouse boasts nearly 450,000 cubic feet of refrigerated space, ensuring that the nearly 700 pallets of fresh produce generally stored is kept at its freshest for customers.

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With so much needed refrigeration, owner Gary Manfre was looking to reduce his energy costs in a big way. Solar seemed like the perfect way to reduce his overhead costs and use the savings to invest back into his business.

The 739.2-kW system consists of 2,400 SunPower panels and will generate enough electricity to cover 100 percent of Watsonville Coast Produce’s usage.

“We anticipate saving nearly $120,000 within the first year of production,” says Mr. Manfre.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 28th at Watsonville Coast Produce to celebrate this positive step toward energy independence.

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