Limoneira Co., an agribusiness firm operating in California, commissioned a new joint project with Tesla Motors to reduce energy costs.
“This project will study the efficacy of battery systems paired to solar manufacturing facilities,” said Mark Palamountain, Limoneira Senior Director. “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 has 6 solar power installations across the company totaling 4.2 million kWhs annually. An additional solar project is planned for 2017 which will add 1.5 MWs on Limoneira’s packing house roof for 2.8M kwhs or a total of 7 million kwhs annually. This will enable the company to be 50 percent off the grid. The Company is on track to become completely energy independent by 2022.
“Limoneira has a long history of land stewardship and sustainability,” said Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards. “We will continue to make investments that are clean as well as profitable.”
In addition to Limoneira’s solar operations, the company is a leader in providing Work Force housing and has significant green waste recycling, integrated pest management and water projects.