August 27 – (Watsonville, CA)Watsonville Coast Produce is excited to announce the completion of a 739.2kW solar power system on their agricultural distribution facility in Watsonville, CA. The Solar Company is proud to have assisted Watsonville Coast Produce in achieving a more sustainable business through renewable energy.

Located in one of the most fertile areas of California, Watsonville Coast Produce has been in business for over 35 years as a recognized full-line distributor of conventionally grown and certified organically grown produce. Their 44,000 square foot warehouse boasts nearly 450,000 cubic feet of refrigerated space, ensuring that the nearly 700 pallets of fresh produce generally stored is kept at its freshest for customers.

With so much needed refrigeration, owner Gary Manfre was looking to reduce his energy costs in a big way. Solar seemed like the perfect way to reduce his overhead costs and use the savings to invest back into his business.

The 739.2kW system consists of 2,400 SunPower panels and will generate enough electricity to cover 100% of Watsonville Coast Produce’s usage.
“We anticipate saving nearly $120,000 within the first year of production,” says Mr. Manfre.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 28th at Watsonville Coast Produce to celebrate this positive step towards energy independence. For more information about this event, please contact Marilyn Bastian: 831.722.5733 or [email protected]

Solar System Information for Watsonville Coast Produce:

739.2 kW DC
2400 SunPower SER-308W Modules
1 SatCon PVS-500kW inverter
8 SunPower 10001F, 7 SunPower 11401F String Inverters
Estimated Annual Production is 1,094,576 kWh
System is sized to eliminate 100% of current electrical usage
Projected Savings in One Year – $134,314
Projected Savings in 10 Years – $1,770,367
Environmental equivalent of removing 150 cars off the road