Featured Array: Strain Ranches

Feb 28, 2013

Featured Array: Strain Ranches

Located in Arbuckle, CA, Strain Ranches is one of the largest farm-based solar installations in the United States to power its commercial rice drying and storage facilities. The 902kW ground-mount array features 3,760 industry-leading Enphase microinverters matched with SolarWorld modules, which offset the ranch’s electrical processing needs.

“We invested in solar because it provides a reliable return on investment and makes sound financial sense,” said Dane Nissen, warehouse manager for Strain Ranches, “…the solar array was built to perform and to last.”

This solar array was designed and installed by North State Solar Energy. The project is one of the largest agricultural ground-mounted projects in the world to use Enphase microinverter technology, which is easily monitored and maintained via Enphase Enlighten.

North State Solar Energy is a California-based energy contractor that specializes in solar-electric installations for residential, commercial, and agricultural projects. The project has contributed to Strain Ranch’s energy demand for the agriculture facilities and will offset 100% of it’s rice production operations, which will save Strain Ranches $179,000 annually.

Installation Summary
Client: Strain Ranches
Location: Arbuckle, CA
System Designer and Installer: North State Solar Energy
System Size: 902kW
Modules: Canadian Solar CS6P-260W
Installation: 3,760 M215 Microinverters
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