Harvesting the California Sun
As part of our commitment to environmental stewardship and saving money and resources, we installed a new solar technology called “Solar Wall” in 2002. This technology preheats the air entering the walnut dryer with heat from the sun’s rays. This simple yet effective addition to our drying facility cut our natural gas usage by 12% without increasing our drying times.
Additionally, in 2008 we completed the first of many installations of traditional solar photovoltaic panels. Our panels provide 90% of our electricity annually for several of our facilities, including the huller/dryer in Glenn and water pumps for our nearby rice fields.
23 Solar Projects and Growing
Carriere Family Farms is proud to be working towards more environmentally and sustainable operations. With the implementation of 23 solar projects in the last several years, we are on our way to working “off the grid.”
Our current solar projects, located throughout our facilities, fields, and orchards, generate nearly a megawatt of energy. That’s enough to power over 122 households for a full year! We are lucky to be in a sunny place like California to take advantage of this natural resource. California sunshine… the gift that keeps on giving!