Calif. Congressman cuts ribbon at 1.1-MW Medeiros & Son Dairy install

Calcom solar project

left to right: Nic Stover, CEO of CalCom Solar; Congressman Valadao; Brian Medeiros, VP, Medeiros & Son Dairy; Bernadette Del Chiaro, CALSEIA; Kelly Knutsen, CALSEIA. This CalCom Solar PV array (equipped with NEXTracker solar trackers) helps Medeiros and Son Dairy save money and better handle energy and water management.

Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) presided over the dedication of a significant new solar power system in the Central Valley — at Medeiros & Son Dairy. The 1.1-MW system was designed and deployed by Visalia-based CalCom Solar, a leader in design-build solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts.

“I’m excited to be here for the dedication of a significant job-creating solar project being deployed in the Central Valley,” said Congressman David G. Valadao. “I am proud to represent a community where businesses like Medeiros & Son Dairy, CalCom Solar, and their partners are committed to innovative projects, especially one such as this that facilitates thoughtful energy and water management. The jobs resulting from the solar industry and PV projects like this are desperately needed in the Central Valley and throughout California as a whole.”

“CalCom Solar’s PV plant is making solar energy work for us, both operationally and financially,” said Brian Medeiros. “The dairy business takes constant evaluation and assessment to ensure our operation is working as efficiently as possible. We’re extremely focused on improving efficiencies across the entire farm, and solar is a crucial tool that delivers tremendous benefits — helping us to reduce our energy costs and improve our triple bottom line.”

“We’re very proud of this project for Medeiros & Son — a leader in sustainable dairying and farming,” noted CalCom Solar CEO, Nic Stover. “By deploying over a megawatt of clean, emissions-free solar-powered generation, they are significantly lowering operational costs, saving approximately $320,000 annually on utility bills. Their PV array helps provide financial certainty and will deliver more than $8 million in utility savings over the next 25 years.”

“CalCom is delighted to be supporting the Central Valley’s economy by spurring local employment with quality solar jobs,” noted Mr. Stover. “There are more than 5,600 solar jobs between Sacramento and Bakersfield. Our Central Valley-based company has grown 700% since 2013, thanks in large part to the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC). Sadly, that credit is due to expire on December 31, 2016.”

CalCom worked with NEXTracker, designer and manufacturer of advanced PV trackers, to deploy a state-of-the-art solar array optimized to generate maximum energy output and return on investment. CalCom will be breaking ground on more than a dozen new PV projects at farms over the next few months.

— Solar Builder magazine

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