REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the interconnection of a 1 MW solar energy system for Windset Farms.
The Santa Barbara County farm is the largest in Santa Maria and grows non-GMO produce year-round in its state-of-the-art greenhouse facility. The roof-mounted array will enable the farm to run on clean energy, further enhancing its sustainable operations. This installation adds to REC Solar’s portfolio of over three dozen farms and food and beverage facilities in California.
REC Solar installed the 4,032-panel array on the roof of the farm’s shipping and packing building. The system was designed to accelerate the farm’s return on investment by maximizing energy production and offsetting consumption when utility electricity rates are highest. To achieve this goal, REC Solar installed a custom racking system combining flush-mounted panels on the western roof face and southern-tilted panels on the eastern roof face to receive optimal sun exposure. The racking system does not penetrate the roof, which will minimize long-term maintenance costs.
In addition to Windset Farms, REC Solar has installed solar systems for large and small growers throughout California. The company recently acquired Stellar Energy and expanded operations in the agricultural market.