Massive Agricultural Company Teams With Tesla To Reduce Energy Costs
Limoneira, a 124-year-old international agribusiness headquartered in Santa Paula, California, which owns over 11,000 acres of rich agricultural lands, real estate properties, and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile, intends to expand its solar installations with Tesla.
Currently, the company has 6 solar installations totaling 4.2M kWh annually.
The goal for the near future is to reduce energy costs, reduce energy demand at peak hours, and produce up to 7M kWh of solar electricity annually.
The new project with Tesla will add 1.5 MW of solar – for additional 2.8M kWh of energy annually, combined with an energy storage system (of undisclosed capacity). As a result, Limoneira will become around 50% off the grid.
The company said it’s on track to become completely energy independent by 2022.
Mark Palamountain, Limoneira Senior Director said:
“This project will study the efficacy of battery systems paired to solar manufacturing facilities. The goal is to reduce demand from the utilities during the day, which is the high cost period, and offset that use with less expensive night time energy that is stored in the battery.”
Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards said:
“Limoneira has a long history of land stewardship and sustainability. We will continue to make investments that are clean as well as profitable.”