Central California produces 60% of all the nuts and citrus consumed in the U.S, and approximately 80% of the world’s global supply of almonds. Cold storage is therefore a critical link in the supply chain that feeds our country and serves as an engine of economic growth for the state.
Origo’s cold storage facility at the Madera Airport Industrial Park holds approximately 100 million pounds of almonds or other recently harvested crops for farmers and processors.
The microgrid will enable the facility to provide reliable short- and long-term storage of harvests from the region, extending almond shelf life by up to two years, while increasing profitability and simplifying hold costs and logistics.
Construction is underway, and the facility and energy system are scheduled to be fully commissioned by May 2023.
Big Picture Impact
Microgrid Capacity at Amond World/Origo
In addition to the financial impact the unpredictability in California’s electric grid has had on local businesses, it also has severely impacted the US food supply chain, driven largely by the state’s Central Valley harvests.
The Origo microgrid will povide cheaper and more reliable renewable energy than the local utility to keep critical loads at the cold-storage facility running during outages or Public Safety Power shutoff events..
Battery Energy Storage
Enhanced Emissions-Reducing Generators