DAVE WILSON NURSERY
Cold Storage & Nursery Facility
Dave Wilson Nursery in Hickman, recognized as the world’s largest grower of deciduous, nuts and shade trees, is now making its mark growing energy through solar power.
“We’re doing five-plus million trees a year,” said company CEO Dennis Terry.
Millions of trees on more than 1,500 acres require a lot of energy to plant, maintain and grow. Terry said he was looking for ways to cut energy costs when he attended a reception of Darrel Hayes at his Waterford farm. Hayes, a longtime customer, was showing his new JKB Energy solar system.
“He’s the one that pointed us to JKB,” said Terry. “The reception to see the new facility was impressive and the JKB folks have been fantastic to work with.”
A two-acre solar site with single-axis panels generates 75 to 80 percent of energy needs for the Dave Wilson Nursery. “We’re saving about $8,000 a month,” said Terry.
“We’re saving about $8,000 a month,” said Terry.
The projected payback for the solar power center is five to six years, but Terry believes his break even point will arrive sooner.
“With electricity costs getting bumped up every year, the payback time gets a little shorter,” he said.
Solar power also helped Dave Wilson Nursery continue with a negative carbon footprint.
“To be as green as possible is one of our goals,” said Terry.
Terry said the company is in the first phase of planning the addition of more solar panels to power a cold storage facility.