JKB Energy and the UC ANR Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center completes 3rd phase of 4 in a project that will eliminate thousands of pounds of emissions and, at the same time save the center tens of thousands of dollars annually. This is the final stages of a project for the center located in Parlier, Calif. The center is one of 9 research and extension centers located throughout the state. These centers are part of the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources (UC ANR).
JKB Energy has worked closely with Robert Ray, superintendent of the UC ANR KARE physical plant, to maximize their bill offset program. Since 2012, when the program started, UC ANR KARE has steadily cut its energy costs. After the completion of the final phase, projected for 2016, the center’s “postharvest” meter’s annual electricity costs will be offset by approximately 96 percent. Postharvest research is science conducted after a crop has been harvested and includes such things as effects of cooling, cleaning, sorting, and packaging and how these might affect the quality of stored fruits and vegetables.
JKB Energy designed and built a Terra Ground Mount system for the center, which is particularly effective since it allows customers to creatively accommodate various space constraints and to build strategically in phases. JKB has worked around the center’s schedule and space constraints to install 20 KW per phase for an eventual total of 100 KW.
“JKB Energy has been particularly accommodating and flexible from the start of this phased project,” Ray says. “As part of the state education system, our budget for capital expenditures is quite tight, so we needed to be sure to select a flexible partner such as JKB Energy to help us accommodate the long-term vision.”
The system was intentionally designed to accommodate a scalable strategy, and the team was particularly dynamic given the circumstances.
“JKB Energy is committed to California agriculture, with the majority of installations being ag focused,” says Jayson Moser, vice president of design and procurement. “The UC ANR KARE opportunity was a chance for us to execute on our vision of supporting ag education from the ground up.”
The environmental benefits of the installation are tremendous. Over 25 years, this project will eliminate the equivalent of:
- 473,735 pounds of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas;
- 1,520 pounds of nitrogen dioxide, which creates smog;
- 1,376 pounds of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain;
- 94 pounds of particulates that cause asthma;
- 770,814 miles driven in an average car.
The system is the equivalent of taking 2.5 cars off the road for 25 years, or planting 4.1 acres of trees.
About JKB Energy:
JKB Energy is headquartered in the heart of the Central Valley in Turlock, CA. and is fast approaching 100 megawatts across 200 installations. Renowned as a leader in agriculture and commercial, JKB Energy is committed to innovation and achieving customer savings for businesses ranging from Bakersfield to Sacramento. To learn more please visit jkbenergy.com or call 209-668-5303.
About UC ANR Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center:
Based in Parlier, Calif., the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center is one of nine research and extension centers in California that are part of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The 330-acre research facility is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, an area nationally recognized for agricultural production. Kearney has achieved international acclaim for leadership in the development of new fruit, nut, and grape varieties, innovative cultural and irrigation practices, pest and disease management techniques, and postharvest biology. http://kare.ucanr.edu