Northern California Ranch Energizes About 1 MW of SolarWorld Solar Panels
Commissioning ceremony celebrates the union of American-made solar,
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- February 20, 2013
Strain Ranches, a diversified agricultural operation in Arbuckle, Calif., has
commissioned one of the nation’s largest farm-based solar installations to
power its commercial rice drying and storage business. The 902-kilowatt array
features solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for
more than 35 years, and Enphase microinverters. Strain Ranches unveiled its
solar system this week, highlighting the natural synergy between domestic
agricultural and solar production, two iconic American industries.
Cultivating 12,000 acres of California farm land for the production of nuts,
rice and alfalfa, Strain Ranches is an intensive user of electricity. Its
ground-mounted solar installation comprises about 3,760 SolarWorld solar
panels and covers nearly 3 acres adjacent to the company’s rice-drying
facility. The system will offset approximately one quarter of Strain Ranches’
companywide energy consumption and virtually eliminate the utility costs
associated with the rice dryer.
“We invested in solar because it provides a reliable return on investment and
makes sound financial sense, and choosing American-made solar technology
strengthens that sense of reliability,” said Dane Nissen, warehouse manager
for Strain Ranches. “From the solar panels to the steel racking, our
made-in-the-U.S.A. solar array is built to perform and to last.”
The array was designed and installed by SolarWorld Authorized Installer North
State Solar Energy, a solar-electric contractor that specializes in
agricultural solar projects in California’s fertile north central valley, and
Renewable Design Solutions, a photovoltaic design and consulting firm. The
project, which incorporates the Enpase microinverter system from Enphase
Energy of Petaluma, Calif., is one of the largest ground-mounted projects in
the world to use microinverter technology.
Yesterday, Strain Ranches owners joined local elected officials and
representatives of SolarWorld and Enphase Energy in celebrating the system’s
completion with a dedication event at the company’s Arbuckle property.
“Across the country, the agriculture industry is embracing the promise of
solar, a move that is at once practical and visionary,” said Kevin Kilkelly,
president of SolarWorld Americas. “Solar technology is ideally suited to help
American farmers and ranchers stay competitive by lowering their energy costs
while promoting their role as stewards of our country’s natural heritage.”
SolarWorld manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a
cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs about
2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro,
Oregon, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld manages
all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through
an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over
the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high
social standards at all locations across the globe and has committed itself to
resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has been publically
traded on the stock market since 1999 and is quoted in the technology index
TecDax. SolarWorld achieved sales of about 1 billion Euros for the fiscal year
2011.More information at www.SolarWorld.com.
About North State Solar Energy
North State Solar Energy is a Northern California based general contractor
that specializes in solar-electric installations for residences, businesses
and agricultural facilities. Owned and operated by Michael Houar, who has been
a licensed contractor for over 25 years, the North State Solar Energy team has
been involved with the design and installation of over 200 solar projects.
With a business model focused on delivering quality and value over the long
term, North State Solar Energy offers American-made SolarWorld solar panels
and made-in-the-U.S.A.-compliant inverters with high performance and unmatched
warranties. North State Solar Energy also has a commitment to providing an
unparalleled level of customer service for its clients.
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that
increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves
system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a
platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based
microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and
brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation.
Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. www.enphase.com
SolarWorld Industries America
Media Relations Manager
Devon Cichoski, 805-388-6388
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