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x 3.6 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
x 478 tons of waste recycled instead
x 68 garbage trucks full of waste
being recycled instead of put in
In terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the solar energy system
for the year offsets the equivalent of
170,000 gallons of gasoline consumed
and 1.6 million pounds of coal burned.
Sidles said the only mill shutdown
that was required during the installation
of the solar energy system lasted for 8
to 9 hours.
"There was really very minimal
downtime with this project," he said.
During the mill's regularly scheduled
downtimes, such as on Easter Sunday
when the facility underwent fumigation,
Miller Milling sends generated solar power back to that grid and receives a credit.
Sidles said the solar panels, which
must be cleaned periodically to ensure
optimal performance, are under warranty for 25 years and at age 25 they
are guaranteed to perform at 85% ef¿FLHQF\
"Solar power is not perfect, but overall it provides a positive net impact for
the environment and for our long-term
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required to create a solar panel will be
recouped in 3 to 4 years. Even considering the manufacturing and processing
stages of solar, the emissions generated
are 3 to 10 times less than generating the
same amount with fossil fuels. Naturally
this will vary depending on the energy
generation and solar irradiance at your
location, but overall solar panels provide a positive net impact."
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About the mill
Miller Milling's Fresno plant processes hard and durum wheat into
tortilla flour, all-purpose flour, wheat
tortilla and whole wheat all-purpose
flour, semolina, durum flours, and
whole wheat durum products.
The mill is strategically located
in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley growing region, which is where
most of its wheat is sourced. The
facility has production capacity of
9,500 cwts of flour and wheat storage capacity of 3.3 million bushels.
"High quality winter wheat and
durum varieties can be grown in
California due to its climate and irrigation, so we can provide customers higher protein, higher absorption winter wheat at a competitive
price," the company said.
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