Montna Farms owner Al Montna is committed to sustainable agriculture. He created extensive habitat for wildlife on his Yuba City, California, rice farm, helped neighboring farmers stop the environmentally damaging practice of burning rice stubble and educated them on ways to protect the local water supply. His commitment to farming and the environment led him to be named a 2008 finalist for the Leopold Conservation Award, recognizing landowners’ sustainability efforts.
SolarCity and Montna Farms worked together with Siemens Building Technologies to develop a solar project that leveraged the latest technology to fit the site’s energy needs. For Montna Farms, SolarCity made use of open space on the property, designing a series of ground-mounted arrays. A special single-axis, horizontal tracker follows the sun to maximize the system’s energy production.
For Montna, installing a solar system was a natural extension of his environmental commitment, and he thanks SolarCity’s experienced team for designing a system that optimized his resources. The solar power system at Montna Farms produces 725,000 kWh each year and offsets an estimated 805,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Incorporating solar panels provided additional benefits to the farm, including cutting energy costs and sheltering the business from future electricity rate increases. The system currently provides 65 percent of the 2,500-acre farm’s high-energy needs.