Intelligent microgrid power system being built in Arvin: $960,000 in savings/yr is no small potatoes

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

A five megawatt smile lit the face of Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo last week at the ground-breaking for an intelligent microgrid project that will power Tasteful Selections’ “bite-size potatoes” processing plant.

Trujillo was proudly counting the 200 or more jobs that are being made more secure in her city.

Tasteful runs three shifts a day, for a 24-7 packing plant operation to feed the strong demand for their tiny potatoes that are now grown year-round on leased farmlands in four states, including in the central valley.

No More Public Safety Power Shutoff Worries

Tasteful contracted with Concentric Power of Salinas Valley to make their packing plant independent of the California grid system with its “Public Safety Power Shut-off” terrors that have…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Above: Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo beams as Concentric Power’s founder and CEO Brian Curtis breaks ground on the “intelligent microgrid” plant with the CEO and founder of Tasteful Selections Robert Bender and COO Nathan Bender.

Brian Curtis founded Concentric Power 10 years ago. He specializes in agricultural operations in the central coast and now the San Joaquin Valley.

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This is part of the April 2, 2021 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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