Tesla is currently ramping up its energy storage business and it landed an important partner today – Limoneira, one of the leading producers of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops.
The two companies will test Tesla’s battery systems at their solar installations.
Mark Palamountain, Limoneira Senior Director, said about the announcement:
“This project will study the efficacy of battery systems paired to solar manufacturing facilities. The goal is to reduce demand from the utilities during the day, which is the high cost period, and offset that use with less expensive night time energy that is stored in the battery.”
If successful, it could result in adding Tesla’s energy storage products to their growing solar assets.
Limoneira currently has 6 solar installations across its 11,000 acres of rich agricultural lands and they can produce 4.2 GWh of solar energy annually. They aim to increase the capacity to 7 GWh by the end of the year with additional projects and be completely energy independent by 2022.
CEO Harold Edwards added about the announcement:
“Limoneira has a long history of land stewardship and sustainability. We will continue to make investments that are clean as well as profitable.”
In order to achieve this goal, they will need energy storage to use their solar power when the sun doesn’t shine – that’s where Tesla comes in.
Tesla has recently ramped up its deployment of Powerpacks with several new projects, like a 2 MWh installation at a PG&E substation and a 52 MWh Tesla Powerpack installation (272 units) with a 13 MW solar farm in Kauai.