Primex Farms has added energy savings to its environmental initiatives with the groundbreaking of a new solar facility.

The Wasco, Calif.-based pistachio grower and processor broke ground earlier this summer on a new 1.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic system.

Nader Yarpezeshkan, director of business development for Carlsbad, Calif.-based Cenergy power said the new facility should be running in September.

Primex Farms previously added facilities to recycle its solid waste and water. The new energy savings will be significant, Yarpezeshkan said.

With the solar panels in place, Primex Farms should see an energy offset of about 65%, he said.

Yarpezeshkan said this is the largest solar power system in Wasco to date.

It is designed to generate 1.7 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, equivalent to removing 1.283 metric tons of carbon dioxide or planting 274 acres of pine forest.