Alex Chuo helps run the family business — Felix Chac Chuo Farm in Thermal that grows leafy green, Asian vegetables.
“It’s really high in demand. In New York, as well as Los Angeles,” said Chuo.
Chuo says their crops regularly sell-out and they’re looking to expand.
That’s the upside. The downside is the electric bill.
The farm pays thousands of dollars each month to keep fields watered and vegetables cool.
The solution? Going solar.
The farm is getting ready to install a system that will include nearly 7,000 solar panels — expected to generate nearly 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
But Chuo says it’s more than just good business.
“I’m pretty eco-friendly. We recycle, do all these things and just want to have a greener earth,” said Chuo.
Of course, going green isn’t always cheap. The new system will cost more than $3 million.
“It’s a big expense. Nobody has $3 million laying around,” said Chuo.
Thanks to government incentives, the farm won’t have to put money down.
Instead, it’ll pay monthly installments, while the system provides all the power needed for the family’s four farms in Thermal.
And they expect to have it paid off within five years.
“This is a perfect climate. All the heat we could ask for,” said Chuo.