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Agricultural Solar - Hanford, CA

3 years 10 months ago

Agricultural Solar, California

We're out in Hanford, CA today working on one of our most recent projects. We're getting excited to see the solar energy installation coming along! #agsolar 

UCSB Installs Solar

3 years 5 months ago

UCSB installs solar project designed by Premier Renewables

 Premier Renewables is excited to announce that the solar project they designed for UC Santa Barbara is now underway. This solar project is a student led renewable energy initiative idea to help UC Santa Barbara's push towards increasing the College's sustainability. The project is currently under construction and will be completed by the end of this year. The power generated from the solar installation will provide electricity to office buildings, as well as the Student Health building and Children's Center. With the anticipation of increasing electrical rates, UCSB is excited that the solar project will be  producing energy by this Decemeber. Here is a recently released article about the project: 'A Great Endowment'

Premier Renewables Completes 900 kW solar installation for Community College in California

3 years 11 months ago

Coalinga, California – July 14, 2014 – Premier Renewables is excited to announce the recent completion of a 900 kW solar installation for West Hills Community College in Coalinga, California.

Due to their long standing history within the agricultural community, Premier Renewables is excited to add the Farm of the Future solar installation to their list of completed agricultural projects. It is estimated that West Hills College will be saving $4.8 million in electrical energy costs in the next two decades due to the recently installed solar energy system.

Carole Goldsmith, President of West Hills College, Coalinga stated that, “Our 4.5 acre solar farm is a net zero project that is designed to pay for entire power needs of the Farm of the Future. The solar plant powers our classrooms, shops, and rodeo complex as well as our agriculture needs. The advent of solar energy on our farm has allowed us to affordably pump water so we may grow more crops. This has greatly expanded our production capabilities as well as increased the learning opportunities for our students. Before the installation of the solar farm it was cost prohibitive to pump water in quantities necessary for crop growth, but that’s changed. We’re seeing an increase in crop production which produces some revenue for the Farm’s educational programs and equipment.”

The installation of the solar energy system exemplifies West Hills Colleges’ desire to maintain a comprehensive educational system to help foster the agricultural community. West Hills Community College is continuing to increase their agriculture-related academic focus, and this renewable energy system for their Farm of the Future program is an important part of meeting those objectives.

Recently, the Farm of the Future was able to partner with two large agricultural companies located in the central valley. The new solar installation and Topcorn Precision Agricultural have provided the Farm of the Future program with a considerable amount of support in advancing and enriching their agricultural program. The program was able to purchase advanced agricultural operating equipment for the students and hold a summer agriculture academy for 50 eighth grade students from Avenal and Kettleman City last year.

Premier Renewables says they “are proud that this solar installation will aid in the future development and growth of the agriculture industry and future farmers.” They hope these enrichments will provide future students with a greater understanding of the diversity and opportunities within the agricultural and renewable energy industries.

The solar facility will also be used to support alternative energy courses and enable the farm to produce and deliver fresh produce to an estimated 550 early childhood learning center participants for low income families. The students are now able to operate a “pick-your-own-produce” community garden and farmers market.

The installation of the Farm of the Future solar project was completed on budget and on time within the demands of West Hills College. In addition to the Farm of the Future solar energy system, Premier Renewables has designed and installed over 6 MW of agricultural solar systems within the central valley, including a 2.3 MW system for agricultural well pumps in Kettleman City and a 1MW solar energy system for Cornerstone Cold Storage and Packing Facility.

“Every opportunity we’ve had within the agricultural industry has been extremely positive, it’s always amazing to see how these farms are able to decrease their costs while continuing to grow their success with the help of solar” said Neil Lahey, COO of Premier Renewables LLC.


2.3 MW Agricultural Well Pumps

4 years 3 months ago

We are excited to announce the completion of our 2.3 MW solar energy system in Kettleman City, California. This system was designed to offset the high energy use of four large agricultural well pumps, ranging in size from 175 hp to 350 hp. This system includes four solar energy systems, for a total system size of  2.3MW.Premier Renewables Solar Agricultural Well Pumps


West Hills Community College, Farm of the Future

4 years 3 months ago

We are excited to see our Farm of the Future solar project featured in the West Hills Community College magazine! This project is one of our most recently completed agricultural solar systems. Visit our Farm of the Future solar project (located on our projects page) to read the article. 



4 years 3 months ago

We recently exhibited at the 47th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. We had a great time and really enjoyed everyone who stopped by our booth, it's really what made the event for us. With people visiting from all around the world, The World Ag Expo provided the perfect opportunity to make connections with people we don't always have the chance to. We're already looking forward to next year's World Ag Expo, it's always exciting to see the new technological advancements within the agriculture industry! Until then, we plan on exhibiting at many more agriculture shows and we hope to see some familiar and new faces!

Here is an article provided by Farm Press with a few highlights from the show: http://westernfarmpress.com/management/world-ag-expo-closing-out-another-record-breaking-show



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