Conergy to build 3.4MW plants for US carrot producer

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Conergy will install three solar power plants for Grimmway Enterprises in the US generating a total of 3.4MW, helping the company to produce “greener carrots”. Grimmway Enterprises claims to be the world’s largest producer of carrots. There are also two more plants in the pipeline which are expected to generate a total of 2.3MW.

The 3.4MW plant will be Conergy’s second plant for Grimmway. In 2010 the company built a 230KW plant in Arvin, California, US, for Grimmway. At 3.4MW, the second plant is 14 times larger than the Arvin power plant.

Construction of the first three solar power plants which have a combined capacity of 3.4MW is forecast to be completed by the end of 2012. The construction will involve installing 4,760 Conergy PM modules. The plants will be located on three carrot plantations in the Californian Central Valley, in Malaga, Bakersfield, and in Lamont. They are expected to provide 30% of the power demand at Grimmway’s carrot farms, including its organic farm. In addition, the power plants is said to prevent the emission of more than 2,700 tonnes of CO2, resulting in “greener carrots” in two ways — through 100% organic growing methods and through clean energy generation.

As part of Conergy’s second phase plans, two additional solar plants with a combined capacity of 2.3MW are expected to be installed at other Grimmway facilities.

Commenting on Conergy’s earlier work, John Noland from Grimmway said, “Our first Conergy plant has been very successful. It was connected to the grid on schedule, and has been providing excellent yields ever since. This is why we decided to work with Conergy again when awarding these larger systems.”

Conergy has recently been certified by TÜV Rheinland and has extensive experience in equipping agricultural businesses with solar power systems — including vineyards and fruit and vegetable farms.

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