After beginning the process of installing solar panels back in January, we are very proud to announce that we have completed installing all six of the solar stations that make up the Solar Power Initiative!
Just yesterday, September 22nd, Lexi received word from RS Energy that the final solar station had been approved and hooked up to the grid by Pacific Power and Light (PP&L). This station and one other have been completed for some time; however Klamath County needed to give us the thumbs-up on the final installations for both. We received their blessing for one of them back in August, which PP&L activated. But now with the final solar station being approved, we have one more spud cellar being powered in part with green energy. For those keeping count, that makes four of our potato storage cellars that are using solar energy, one irrigation pump and our potato processing plant.
The final two solar stations are located just outside of Merrill and on Drazil Road near our packing shed in Malin. The Merrill station, or the Home Cellar solar station as we’ve come to calling it, has panels located on its roof and was approved back in August. The McVay cellar, which was approved this week, also has a bank of solar panels installed on its roof. The Home Cellar solar power station is estimated to produce 13,860 KWH of electricity annually while the McVay Cellar station is expected to generate 124,702 KWH every year. That brings the total amount of power estimated to be produced by all station in the Gold Dust Solar Initiative to a whopping 326,855 KWH annually. To put that in perspective, our packing shed alone uses 351,240 KWH of power every year. So, all of our solar stations together are producing almost as much sustainable, green energy as our processing plant uses. That’s pretty impressive!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re not only posting pics of the latest solar stations that have been approved and green-tagged, we have updated aerial photos of all the solar power generating sites. But before we wrap up this post and get to the pictures, we would like to send out a big thank-you to Lexi for all of her hard work. She helped Bill’s idea of the solar stations come true and dealt with the various governmental agencies and other related headaches. Well done, Ms. Crawford!
And now, time for pictures!