In an effort to provide predictable energy costs at its Chico, Calif., facility Sunset Moulding Co. recently completed the installation of a 565kW single-axis ground mount tracking solar electric system. The project was financed, constructed and operated by Pacific Power Management while Sunset Moulding Co. has agreed to purchase the solar electricity through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).

With rapidly rising energy costs, the solar installation will help stabilize the power costs for manufacturing at this site, according to the company. The system will produce more than one million kWh of energy annually while reducing the company’s carbon footprint by displacing more than 96 million pounds of carbon dioxide and provide enough power to supply 7,973 homes over a 25-year period.

“Pacific Power made it easy for us to make the decision to go solar. We wanted to be as green as possible for our environment while still being prudent with capital expenditures,” says John A. Morrison, CEO of Sunset Moulding. “By entering into a PPA with Pacific Power we were able to accomplish both of these objectives and have the added advantage of stabilizing and reducing our energy cost.”

The company is headquartered in Yuba City, Calif., and operates three manufacturing sites.

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