JKB Energy Announces Green Level and Platinum Sponsors for the California Almond Board and the Almond Hullers andProcessors Association
Our team is pleased to announce that we are a green level sponsors for the California Almond Board for the fifth year and a platinum sponsor for the Almond Hullers and Processors Association for a fourth year in a row. Chad Cummings, Marketing Manager mentions, “Our entire team thinks very highly of both of organizations and we strongly support their missions to maintain a high quality standard of almond farming within California. It’s our pleasure to be a loyal supporter. ”
This month Modesto Subaru is celebrating their fourth solar anniversary with us. Modesto Subaru was seeking a smart method to cut back on their electricity bill that was also environmentally responsible. Since installing solar in 2011, Modesto Subaru has saved approximately 59,436,081 lbs of CO2, the leading greenhouse gas. Chad Cummings, Marketing Manager mentions, "Modesto Subaru has been a great client to partner with and their system continues to run well and is meeting all of energy expectations which we determined prior to construction."
If you’re part of an innovative, progressive business with an energy bill of more than $25,000 per year, you’re a prime candidate to make the switch to solar power. We’ve helped businesses from Bakersfield to Chico make this long-term investment.
Does Solar Make Financial Sense For Your Business?
We want clients to transition to a rate schedule that best suits them with the highest cost per kilowatt, per hour, with the lowest demand charge. We help our ag customers switch to an alternative schedule with higher energy rates and lower demand charges, which will eliminate a greater portion of their total energy bill. In special cases, certain commercial users can optimize their savings by switching to a solar friendly rate that eliminates all demand charges. This means virtually a 100% bill offset!
Do I Have Enough Space to Install Solar?
Fixed ground mount systems typically provide the best ROI and allow for the most flexible placement of systems. If you have severe space constraints, there are still viable options to find a solar solution. Covered shade structures can be stand-alone or incorporated into existing structures, such as rooftops. The additional cost of the structure will also qualify for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, and add additional value to the property. Follow the link to view how a covered almond huller can be an optimal solution for system placement.
The Truth About Solar
Solar is not the best fit for all businesses. However, for the right business it can be a game changer. From day one, you can save 40 percent or more on your power bill. For some of our clients, a solar installation pays for itself within three years. If your business is ag related and you’re looking for long-term reduced energy costs, solar is the solution for you. Give us a call.
On April 20th, JKB Energy Sales Representative Joe Bonander participated in the Blue Diamond Golf Tournament held at the Turlock Golf and Country Club. The annual golf tournament raises funds for local agriculture scholarships intended for high school seniors. Joe has been attending the tournament for six years and mentions that he enjoys participating because, “not only is the tournament entertaining, but it is also a great way to continue supporting agriculture in our area and help those students who will be future agriculture leaders.” Awards were issued following the tournament and Joe was even awarded the “closest-to-the-hole” award.
JKB Energy Manager Chad Cummings Spoke at Six California Almond Board Sustainability Workshops Throughout the Central Valley
On May 1st, our Business Development & Systems Analyst, Vitaly Polovin, our Business Development & Marketing Coordinator, Monique Sanders, and Utility Interconnection Specialist, Sarah Mooneyham, attended Duarte Nursery’s Annual Friends Day. This annual event provides industry friends with a day of nursery tours, wine tasting, tradeshow and best practices presentations on trees and vines. Monique Sanders mentions, “We’ve been attending for the last four years because Duarte Nursery is an innovative nursery and we enjoy supporting great local agriculture in any capacity.” Ag related firms throughout California participated by displaying their almond related products and services.
Last week our team attended the Almond Hullers and Processors Association Annual Meeting on the big island of Hawaii, marking our fifth year in attendance and our fourth year as a platinum title sponsor. Our Vice-President of Design and Procurement, Jayson Moser, addressed attendees with his presentation, “Don’t Let the Sun Set On Your Savings” which covered relevant topics including Net Metering changes and the Federal Investment Tax Credit. Our Manager of Marketing, Chad Cummings, mentions, “We are truly appreciative for the opportunity to keep the almond industry up-to-date on important incentive deadlines as well as notable emerging solar technologies.” Attendees participated in a series of morning seminars, visited the trade show floor, attended the annual golf tournament and the annual business meeting.
The California Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications committee distributed the SB 550 Hertzberg bill on April 30th. This bill would make consistent for all utilities the amount of net energy metering allowed by clarifying the definition of “aggregate customer peak demand” that is used to set the cap. Publicly owned utilities such as TID that have ended net energy metering for customers have severely limited the ability for farms and businesses to install solar power. The agriculture industry has been working hard to implement sustainability programs during this record drought. Solar with net energy metering is the most effective tool to reduce energy costs. To learn more click here.
California law requires all electric utilities to allow up to 5% of their peak capacity to connect with their electric system using net energy metering (NEM). NEM allows solar customers to bank the energy they produce and receive credits for later when they use electricity. A few publicly owned utilities, such as Turlock Irrigation District, are using their own interpretation on the cap that reduces the number of customers to install solar by more than half compared to large investor owned utilities (IOU) like PG&E and Southern California Edison.
It is hard to understand the rationale behind an argument that says aggregate customer peak demand, relative to the state’s NEM program, means one thing in an IOU territory and another in a POU territory. There are no inherent differences between an IOU service territory and a POU service territory that should change the meaning of aggregate customer peak demand. SB 550 would require all utilities to offer the same access to NEM statewide in addition to allowing Californians to lower energy costs and meeting the states 35% renewable energy mandate by 2020.
The Farm Bureau is in support of the bill but Turlock Irrigation District is not. There’s more to read regarding the SB 550 bill, to learn more please click here or to read the official legislative analysis click here.