Coast Citrus Distributors, a wholesaler of fruits and vegetables in the United States and Mexico since 1950, installed a 622 kilowatt roof-mount solar energy system on its headquarters in San Diego. Borrego Solar developed, designed and built the Coast Citrus solar project. The system will generate approximately 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of energy in its first year, which will provide enough power to meet about 40 percent of the facility’s current energy needs, resulting in an estimated 30 percent reduction in energy costs.
Coast Citrus received incentive funds from the California Solar Initiative and financed the remaining amount with a seven year operational lease with Farmers and Merchant Bank. The lease enabled the company to go solar without paying any upfront costs and realize cost savings as soon as the system began operating.
Throughout the term of the lease, the system is expected to generate enough emissions-free, clean energy to offset more than 2,200 tons of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of offsetting emissions from 4.2 million miles driven or the amount sequestered by more than 1,460 acres of U.S. forests.