CivicSolar partnered with the Mathews Rice Farm and Rice Dryer to build a 1.2 MW solar power plant. The system will provide solar power that will offset more than 60 percent of the facility’s electric usage.
Mathews Rice Dryer is one of the oldest and most established rice drying facilities in California. It is operated by the Mathews family of Marysville who have been working the land for 6 generations. With over 2,000 MWhr of annual electricity use the operation was looking to offset its energy costs for drying rice while investing in the future of both its community and its facility.
The project utilizes Astronergy solar panels, PV Powered inverters, Sunlink combiner boxes and a ground mount racking solution built around stut and Cooper B-line clamps. This project is a model for what forethought and planning can provide to
help bring about sustainable rice farming practices while generating a
positive return on investment.