Installation Notes: 902-kW At California Farm

The project incorporates the Enphase microinverter system, and is one of the largest ground-mounted projects in the world to use microinverter technology. Photo: Enphase Energy

The project incorporates the Enphase microinverter system, and is one of the largest ground-mounted projects in the world to use microinverter technology. Photo: Enphase Energy

Strain Ranches in Arbuckle, Calif., is making more than nuts, rice and alfalfa these days. The farm has added a 902-kW solar array. The installation covers nearly 3 acres next to a rice-drying facility.

The system, which used 3,760 SolarWord panels, will provide a quarter of Strain Ranches’ energy consumption. “We invested in solar because it provides a reliable return on investment and makes sound financial sense, and choosing American-made solar technology strengthens that sense of reliability,” says Dane Nissen, a warehouse manager for the ranch.

The array was designed and installed by North State Solar Energy, a solar-electric contractor that specializes in agricultural solar projects in California’s fertile north central valley, and Renewable Design Solutions, a photovoltaic design and consulting firm.

Strain Ranches Solar

Contractor: North State Solar Energy

Type of Panel: 3,760 SolarWorld 240 watt poly

Type of Inverter: Enphase Energy microinverters M- 215

Type of Racking: IRON RIDGE

Size of Crew: 12

Installation Dates: July 1, 2012 to Nov. 10, 2012