Courtesy Conergy T&P Farms isn’t just relying on the sun to nourish its almond orchards during the growing season. It will soon use the sun to power hulling and shelling operations at its Arbuckle, Calif., operation.
A 725-kilowatt photovoltaic system designed for T&P by Conergy Projects Group is expected to supply 95% of the almond farm’s energy, according to a news release. Conergy officials predict the solar system will prevent the release of more than 892 tons of greenhouse gas annually while saving T&P millions in electricity costs.
T&P project manager Sarah Reynolds said in the release that one of the farm’s requirements of Conergy was that the open ground around the huller and sheller be preserved. The solution was to put the solar array on the hull barn and another elevated structure.