It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on our solar power initiative, but we have good news! Back in June (the third to be precise) we were given notice that Pacific Power had finished the work needed to get the Johnson Pivot solar station up and generating power as a part of the Oregon Solar Incentive Program. In other words, the solar station has been green-tagged!
Located a couple of miles east of Malin on Stastny Road, this solar station will provide green energy for the potato cellar that sits nearby. With the two rows of solar cells facing south, these panels get sunshine all day long and will create an estimated 13,860 kilowatt hours of energy annually. As mentioned in press releases and other blog posts, this solar station will help keep our power costs down as well as give our customers a “greener” potato.
How many solar stations do we have left to activate? Three. Solar panels have been installed on the top of the McVay cellar just south of our packing shed in Malin and solar stations at our Merrill facilities and on top of a cellar near our packing shed still need to be installed and connected. After those stations are completed, our entire solar initiative will be generating an estimated total of 326,855 kilowatt hours every year. To put that in perspective, that much energy is almost enough to completely power our packing shed for an entire year. Yes, those will be big savings for Gold Dust, but that also represents how much less of an impact our operation is putting on the environment. That’s something everybody can feel good about.