SELMA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Poindexter Nut, a premier huller, dryer and processer of walnuts, and Cenergy Power, a solar integrator with best value commercial solar solutions, have begun construction on a 1.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Poindexter Nut's new processing facility in Selma, California.
Poindexter Nut selected Cenergy Power to design and construct the massive system based on Cenergy's track record for best value and solar engineering know-how in the food industry. The system is optimized to generate over 1.7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean solar power annually, which will offset over 65% of the new facility's energy consumption. It will span across 115,000 square feet of roof space and cover over 15,000 square feet of employee parking spaces as shade structures.
"This solar project is a great example of our company's ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices and we are excited to partner with Cenergy power on this," says Mike Poindexter, Principal at Poindexter Nut. "The solar shade structures being erected in our employee parking area provide an added benefit for our dedicated workers during the hot summer months."
It is estimated that over the next 25 years, Poindexter's solar generation will save the plant $6,000,000 in energy costs and will be equivalent to removing 5,700 vehicles off the road.
About Poindexter Nut
Founded in 1969 and shipping walnuts to 40 countries, Poindexter Nut has become one of the most well-known and respected walnut brands in the world. Located in the heart of California's fertile San Joaquin Valley, their family business continues to expand to meet the growing domestic and export demand of their products.
The new facility is equipped with 54,000 square feet of cold storage space, a state-of-the-art processing line, laser/ electronic sorting machines, pasteurization and packaging machinery, and several loading docks. Through the expansion of their new facility, Poindexter Nut is capable of processing over 140 million pounds of walnuts and more room for future growth. For more information, please visit www.poindexternut.com.
About Cenergy Power
Cenergy Power (www.cenergypower.com) is a commercial solar integrator providing unmatched solar value for large commercial and industrial applications. It is comprised of seasoned professionals in the areas of power quality, power engineering and project financing.
SOURCE Cenergy Power