Courtesy True Leaf FarmsTrue Leaf Farms plant manager Randy Sypolt looks over recently installed solar panels in Yuma, Ariz. True Leaf Farms, the processing arm of Salinas, Calif.-based Church Bros. LLC, has completed installation of an SPG Solar power system expected to offset 35% of energy costs at its 190,000-square-foot plant in Yuma, Ariz.
The combined rooftop solar energy and single-axis tracker setup is a 981.1-kilowatt system expected to produce about 1.8 million kilowatt hours annually — roughly equivalent to powering 160 U.S. homes a year.
True Leaf Farms anticipates savings of more than $110,000 and 1,363 tons of greenhouse emissions annually as a result of the installation, according to a news release. Funding sources include a federal tax credit and use of renewable energy incentives from Arizona power company APS.
“True Leaf Farms was motivated to go solar to lower energy costs and invest in a technology that will continually contribute to lowering costs for years to come,” David Gill, partner at True Leaf Farms, said in the release.
Farms and dairies among SPG Solar’s clients can sometimes pursue solar without up-front capital thanks to new financing options, Dylan Dupre, vice president of business development, said in the release.
True Leaf Farms processes leafy greens and other vegetables seasonally out at Yuma, Ariz., and San Juan Bautista, Calif.