June 20, 08
Far West Rice to Power Rice Mill with 5,500 Solar Panels

The California based rice grower Far West Rice Mills has dedicated a one megawatt solar array that will provide three-fourths of its electricity.

The array is made up of 5,500 solar panels from Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics and was installed by Pacific Power Management.

The $6.5 million solar array will meet about 70-80 percent of the total energy costs of the rice plant, using more than 5,500 Mitsubishi Electric solar panels installed by Pacific Power Management, LLC. When the plant is not operating, the solar system will feed electrical power back into the electrical grid.

The Far West Rice Mills installation will deliver 1,440,000 kilowatt hours a year and qualifies for $1.8 million in rebates from Pacific Gas & Electric.