Canadian Solar provides PV modules for agricultural projects in California


The two California projects are expected to produce close to 9,000,000 kWH of electricity per year. Image: Canadian Solar

Solar power company Canadian Solar announced Thursday that the company has supplied 5.74MW of Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-310P modules to two projects in Fowler, California.

The first installation — the 2.49MW Bee Sweet Citrus Farm, consists of 8,034 Canadian Solar MaxPower panels. The second installation — the 3.25MW National Raisin Company Farm — is comprised of approximately 10,509 Canadian Solar MaxPower panels, making this project 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 Bee Sweet Citrus installation is expected to produce approximately 3,442,000 kWh of electricity per year, while the National Raisin Company installation is expected to produce approximately 5,523,500 kWh of electricity annually. Around 5,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide will be offset annually from the projects.

Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar, said: “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.”

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