Solar company GreenVolts, Independent Solar Developers partner to target untapped California agriculture market for solar energy, where agriculture businesses require over 2,000 MW of capacity, have ample land, sun

Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald

Jan 24, 2012 – Business Wire

FREMONT, California , January 24, 2012 (press release) – GreenVolts, Inc., provider of the industry’s first and only complete and fully integrated solar system, today announced a strategic partnership with Independent Solar Developers (ISD), a turnkey solar system developer, owner, and operator that specializes in providing solar energy solutions for Southern California agricultural applications.

Using solar energy for agriculture is a large and untapped opportunity. In California alone, agricultural businesses require over 2,000 MW of capacity and use more than 10 TWh annually. These businesses have plenty of land and sun, ideal for solar energy, and are very interested in lowering their cost of electricity, which can exceed 20 percent of production costs.

GreenVolts and ISD have worked closely together to develop a solution that provides long term, economical electricity supply along with a unique set of land use, project planning, installation, and operational benefits tailored to this market. ISD can also provide financing, thereby overcoming the primary barrier for most projects. With their first project installed and operating successfully, and others in progress, they are delivering tailored solutions for irrigation, cattle, food processing, and other agricultural applications.

“I cannot overemphasize the advantage that a complete system from one supplier with a single, overall, 20-year warranty presents to an owner who is considering solar energy,” said Peter Molloy, Principal, Independent Solar Developers. “GreenVolts is high performance, rugged, and an overall excellent fit for agricultural applications.”

GreenVolts concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems are the most efficient solar technology available for hot, sunny environments such as the Southwest U.S. agricultural areas. The modular design can be configured for distributed loads, such as irrigation pumps located on different parcels of land, or scaled up to meet higher demand, such as refrigeration in the processing of vegetables. ISIS, the energy management software included with the system, allows remote monitoring and management of all the systems from anywhere on the Internet.

“ISD has established themselves as a total solution partner to their customers, going beyond just solar. They offer energy analysis, system audits that include usage and load patterns, financing, and operations and maintenance, and will do everything possible to reduce the cost of energy,” said David Gudmundson, president and CEO of GreenVolts. “Our installation for irrigation in Coachella Valley went well, and we already have projects for several different applications underway.”

About ISD

Independent Solar Developers, LLC, is partnering with agricultural energy users to create distributed generation assets that provide revenue, savings and power stability. Our approach is unique in that we focus solely on developing agricultural projects. We stay focused on our core strengths and customers. Our customers benefit from combining the need for energy with the potential value of their natural agricultural assets.

About GreenVolts

GreenVolts, Inc., founded in 2005, provides the only complete and fully integrated solar system, including modules, trackers, inverters, ISIS energy management software, networking, AC and DC disconnects, and all DC wiring. With expertise across the entire system, GreenVolts provides support from early planning and continuing over the life of the project. As a result, customers experience unmatched performance, faster installation, easier operation, a new level of customer care, and the lowest cost of energy in the industry.

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