Classic Salads owner Lance Batistich had been investigating solar for some time as a way to offset his company’s growing electric bills. After speaking with several solar companies, Batistich selected Vista Solar to design and construct two solar systems for Classic Salads: a 1.1-megawatt ground mount at the company’s Watsonville processing plant and a 45.5-kilowatt rooftop system for their administrative offices in Salinas.
“Vista Solar was an excellent partner,” said Batistich, “they finished the project on time and on budget.”
The systems will offset Classic Salads’ electricity bill by over 50 percent, and generate more than 1.75 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy each year – the equivalent of powering over 160 homes or taking 250 cars off the road.
“It is rewarding to support the agricultural community with sustainable, renewable energy,” says Vista Solar sales manager Brian Brogan, “especially during these tough times for the industry.”
Established in 2000 by Batistich, Classic Salads is a leader in the production and distribution of gourmet baby leaf salads and specialty vegetables. Their products are 100% US grown using the highest industry standards for processing and food safety.