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Jim’s 150kW Roof-Mount System

Jim is one of the three owners of a large apple orchard, packing facility, and supplier in southeast Michigan. The orchard manages over 375 acres of land, and harvests between 200,000 and 300,000 bushels of apples every year. They supply apples to several large grocery store chains throughout the country, all of whom rely on the orchard’s high, year-round electric usage to keep the apples cool and in a low-oxygen environment.

The orchard was already using several green-minded strategies to help advance their business operations – including pheromone pest control, hail cannons to disrupt hailstone damage, and easements on river flat grounds – so the decision to go solar was an easy one for Jim and his team. Because ground space is limited at the orchard, a roof-mounted ballasted system was the best configuration for their site. The 150kW solar energy system replaces approximately 42% of the business’ annual electric usage, and saves the orchard over $25,000 a year. To find out how you might be able to integrate solar at your site, contact us for a free, no-obligation site and usage assessment. "back to apple orchard"

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