Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, recently announced that the company supplied 5.74 MW of Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-310P modules to two projects located in Fowler, California. The first installation — the 2.49 MW Bee Sweet Citrus Farm — consists of 8,034 Canadian Solar MaxPower panels. The second installation — the 3.25 MW National Raisin Company Farm — consists of approximately 10,509 Canadian Solar MaxPower panels, making this array one of the largest agricultural solar systems in the nation. Pickett Solar, a Fresno, California-based solar developer, provided Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) services.
The environmental benefits from these solar systems are significant. The Bee Sweet Citrus installation is expected to produce approximately 3,442,000 kWh of electricity annually, and the National Raisin Company installation is expected to produce approximately 5,523,500 kWh of electricity annually. In total, the cumulative amount of electricity produced from these two installations is equivalent to powering 564 American homes for one year. In addition, approximately 5,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be offset annually from these projects.
Mike Pickett, Owner of Pickett Solar, said, “When working with our agriculture clients, they look for bankable, proven equipment. We are proud to partner with Canadian Solar, an industry-leader in quality and service.” Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, “As the popularity of solar energy continues to increase throughout the sunny state of California, Canadian Solar is proud to be selected as the solar energy solution provider for Bee Sweet Citrus, Inc. and the National Raisin Company. We believe solar energy is a good investment for the agricultural sector, especially in California’s Central Valley, in addition to generating new jobs in the local community.”