Environmental services company Denali recently completed a nearly $3.7 million solar and microgrid project at a major California facility that the company says will make the site more resilient amid the state’s efforts to ramp up organics recycling efforts.
The project is located at Denali’s Imperial Western Products location in Coachella, a 36-acre site that creates animal feed and biodiesel from organic waste streams.
It includes a large solar array and an integrated microgrid with battery storage, which can provide power during energy outages, and was funded in part by a $2.1 million grant from the California Energy Commission. Denali reports that the project has reduced the site’s energy consumption by around 35% and will help offset 344 metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Denali, a private equity-backed company that offers a range of services with a focus on organics, acquired Imperial last year as the “centerpiece” of its West Coast operations.