Golden Empire Shelling
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“Now, as an industry, we are really at a point where solar makes complete financial sense. Our SunPower solar system is expected to pay for itself in less than five years.”
John Wynn | General Manager, Golden Empire Shelling
Golden Empire Shelling (GES) Saves $394,000 over 20 years
Wildly popular for its health and taste appeal, almonds are now used in everything from cereals to snack foods, and are California’s most valuable agricultural commodity. Yet almond yields have declined over the past few years, in part due to California’s raging drought.1
Business for solar
When the drought caused yields to decline, John Wynn, general manager of Golden Empire Shelling, knew he needed to cut costs. With the company’s cost of power increasing an average of five percent per year, Wynn recognized the need to drastically reduce the company’s electric bill, so he looked to solar power for the solution.
That’s when Wynn turned to Jeff Perreira, owner of Sun Solar a SunPower Commercial Dealer, for a solution. With SunPower’s high-efficiency panels and Helix™ Tracker system, GES was able to use less land than projected for the ground-mount system.
GES now offsets its electricity use by an average of 90 percent in the peak season. In the off-season, the system outpaces consumption for a credit on the company’s utility bill. Wynn says the project will pay for itself in less than five years – and produce clean energy for many more years to come.
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