Bolthouse Farms, purveyors of smoothies and salad dressings at fine grocery stores anywhere, have gone solar in a big way. They announced the completion today of a 1.9 megawatt solar array that will power their farms in Palmdale, California. The array incorporates 10,300 Mitsubishi solar panels on a new ground-mounted system that follows the sun during the day for greater efficiency.
The farm’s switch from diesel to solar powered irrigation pumps improves air quality and reduces noise. The new array will provide 80% of the power needs of the large-scale farm operation.