Maxco Supply Inc., a Parlier, Calif.-based carton manufacturer, has begun construction on a solar energy project that will cut the company’s energy use by more than 50%.

Maxco building four-acre solar array

Don Schrack

The four-acre solar energy system under construction at Maxco Supply Inc., Parlier, Calif., is expected to be on line before the peak of the stone fruit and table grape harvests this summer.

The four-acre solar array, being built on land adjacent to Maxco’s headquarters, is projected to produce nearly 1.7 million kilowatt-hours per year.

“We’re very excited about implementing Maxco’s Solar City, as it speaks directly to our mission of providing truly sustainable products to our customers,” Mark Flaming, vice president of sales and operations, said in the release. “It’s good for the community, it’s good for the environment, and it’s good for Maxco, which makes it a win/win for everyone.”

The solar energy project, which was designed and is being installed by Cenergy Power, Carlsbad, Calif., is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,200 metric tons annually, according to the release.

Construction is expected to be completed by the start of summer when stone fruit and table grape harvests begin to peak.