Most recently 2008, we embarked on a project to reduce our kilowatt demand. We have the capacity to store 18,000 bins of fruit at our main acility, which calculates to about 360,000 bushels .The project which began in 2007, included an updated Oxystat system, to receive better data, replace the PLC with an updated Omron system to better control the timing, and frequency of compressor and evaporator motors. And finally, we installed “power factor” correction equipment to better utilize the power coming into the plant.
The net result….a 40% reduction in demand from our previous years average usage. Considering the plant is relatively new, we are very proud of this initiative. As a result, Bay Growers was featured in the Ontario power Authority newsletter (winter 2008) outlining our energy saving efforts, and ultimately receiving a certificate of recognition from Peter Love, Ontario’s Chief Energy Conservation Officer.