With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, Klamath Falls has been dubbed the “Sunshine City of Oregon”. When you consider all of the sunshine in the Klamath Basin, and the fact that Gold Dust is continually working to find new ways to integrate green technology into our farming and potato processing operations, it makes sense for us to add a few solar stations to our operations.
Yep – we’re going solar! As a part of the Oregon Feed-In program and with help from Obsidian Financial and RS Energy, Gold Dust is in the process of installing several solar stations to a few of our facilities around the Merrill and Malin area. After evaluating our power usage, we feel these solar stations will help cut down on our energy costs as well as allow us to run a few of our facilities on green power.
All the sites where the solar power stations are being added have been evaluated for their exposure to the sun and the ability to run efficiently. For example, at our potato processing plant, the solar cells are going to be located just south of the main building, where they won’t have any interference from the potato cellars or other buildings. The solar cells are also being set up facing south, where they will get the maximum exposure to the sun possible as it passes through the Basin sky.
From working with Fish and Wildlife on providing winter habitat along the Pacific Flyway to our pesticide and water conservation management programs, Gold Dust has worked hard to show our dedication to implementing sustainable farming practices. As such, adding these solar stations is simply another step towards providing a greener future as well as a stronger bottom line. After After all, as Bill said in the National Potato Council’s 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award video, “We’re all stewards of the land or we’re not in business anymore.”
Please see our press release for more details about our solar power plans.