Solar to Power California Rice Cooperative

John Davis

A California rice cooperative is harnessing the power of the sun for its drying and storing operations.

China-based ET Solar Group Corp has provided a 1.15 megawatt photovoltaic project for the Red Top Rice Grower Association, a non-profit cooperative organization for drying and storing rice for the farmers in the state. Granite Bay Energy developed and installed the system.

At unit peak output of 275 watt, almost 4200 ET Solar modules, specially developed for commercial and utility projects, were installed. With a 25-year designed life, the project is expected to generate approximately 2.4 million KWh of electricity annually and provide 70% power that RTRG requires.