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Cargill to install Tesla's Energy Storage system at Fresno beef plant

FBR Staff Writer Published 04 May 2015

Cargill will install Tesla's Energy Storage system at its Fresno beef processing facility to reduce environmental footprint.

This is in line with Cargill's global Earth Day activities around the world which include resource conservation, trash removal from waterways; educating farmers in emerging nations on how to optimize resources for long-term food production and more efficient transport of food that reduces emissions and use of fossil fuels.

The company also collaborates with non-governmental organizations and farmers and ranchers to improve agriculture.

Tesla's batteries are capable of storing electricity at off-peak use times which can be used during peak periods, while reducing energy costs.

The 1MW Tesla batteries will be charged daily from the existing PG&E electricity grid system during off-peak hours.

Cargill Fresno beef plant general manager Jon Nash said: "Tesla Energy Storage is another example of our willingness to employ new and different concepts for reducing our environmental footprint in ways that benefit the community and our beef business.

"Proper stewardship of the resources required to produce food is crucial to the ongoing success of our business and is important to current and future generations as the world's population increases from more than 7 billion people today to more than 9 billion in 2050."

In 2013, the company installed a solar water heating system on the roof of Fresno beef plant's main building, a move that reduced the facility's use of natural gas while also reducing its cost to heat water for food safety and plant sanitation purposes.