Wilson Produce is gaining international attention for a growing resumé of sustainable practices and company accomplishments. Last week, Wilson Produce and partners Solar Gain Inc and SolGen International, were honored with the 2015 MIREC (Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress) Best Collaboration in Renewable Energy Award in Mexico City, Mexico.
During MIREC Week, experts and policy makers from Mexico’s clean energy industries gathered to discuss current conditions, technology and infrastructure, and global forecasts. The MIREC Awards were given to leaders of the industry whose work has helped advance clean energy in the country. Attendees of the event included US and German ambassadors, Secretary of Energy and many others. Wilson Produce was presented with the award for their “game changing collaboration between local and international organizations that will positively impact the long-term development of the renewable industry in Mexico.”
The partnership between began over four years ago, when members of Wilson Produce, a produce grower-distributor, partnered with Solar Gain Inc, a solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in the U.S, to install a massive 1MW solar PV array on the roof of the Wilson Produce headquarters in Nogales, Arizona. The solar PV array, known as AgriSol, is now online and consists of approximately 3,500 modules, making it the largest commercial solar PV system in Santa Cruz County. During the solar installation, Wilson Produce carried out a warehouse renovation which included converting to LED lighting and expansion of 25,000 sq ft of cold storage.
During the construction of the solar array in Nogales, members of Wilson Produce and Solar Gain Inc established SolGen International SA de CV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solar Gain, to offer solar PV and energy efficiency solutions with special focus on the agriculture industry, commercial, residential and rural communities in Mexico. Proposed projects of SolGen include solar installations in 16 rural towns and ejidos in the Guaymas and Empalme valleys of Sonora, Mexico to power community well pumps. These proposed systems will allow rural communities to more easily afford the electricity required to run the pumps for their community wells, in some cases re-allowing the residents access to clean water.
Wilson Produce, Solar Gain and SolGen are proud to be part of Mexico’s renewable energy industry and look forward to future opportunities.