From the daily archives: Thursday, May 12, 2011

The world’s number one grower of carrots implements 230 kilowatts of clean solar energy

230 kilowatt ground-mounted power system at Grimmway Enterprises in California

“Grimmway avoids the emission of greenhouse gases thanks to the Conergy solar plant. We are both extremely proud and are pleased that both growers and customers will benefit from the greening of Grimmway carrots.”

– Conergy Project Development Manager, David Vincent

Denver, Colorado – Grimmway Enterprises Inc., the largest carrot grower in the world, is making its carrots green with Conergy USA. The solar experts completed the 230 kilowatt ground-mounted power system, featuring more than 1,000 solar modules, on one of Grimmway’s carrot farms located near Arvin, California. The installation will prevent the release of around 150,000 lbs of harmful CO2 greenhouse gas per year, reduce energy consumption by 40%and reduce the electric bill by 50%. This installation enforces the commitment of PG&E Clean and Green Awardee Grimmway to advance sustainability, conservation and energy efficiency.

“We are very happy to support the green path of Grimmway Enterprises,” says Conergy’s Project Development Manager, David Vincent. “Now, Grimmway avoids the emission of greenhouse gases thanks to the Conergy solar plant. We are both extremely proud and are pleased that both growers and customers will benefit from the greening of Grimmway carrots.”

Grimmway was impressed with Conergy’s stringent quality and safety standards, adding that “They are as committed to quality standards and environmental sustainability as we are and that’s one of the reasons we choose Conergy as a partner. We were also very happy with the general contractor, SC Anderson Inc., and due to their professional attitude, attention to detail and expertise, the solar plant was completed on time and now produces clean energy from our beautiful Californian sun.”

About Conergy USA
Only Conergy delivers solar energy systems from a single source. As a system manufacturer, Conergy produces all components for a solar installation and offers all services under one roof. With its modules, inverters and mounting systems, the solar expert creates Conergy System Technology, which is efficient and synchronized solar energy systems for private or commercial rooftops, as well as for multi-Megawatt Parks.

Conergy System Services deliver a “Worry-Free Package” for Conergy solar installations. Conergy’s experts not only install on-site turn-key solar projects, but they also manage the planning and financing, project implementation, system monitoring, operation and on-going maintenance of the project for maximum performance. With this comprehensive technology and service package, Conergy offers yield insurance for its installations.

Conergy System Sales brings Conergy premium products to nearly 40 countries. The solar expert supports homeowners, installers, wholesalers and investors in their efforts to “go solar” through deep-rooted local operations in 18 countries. With sales activities on five continents, Conergy has close relationships with all its customers. Listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Conergy employs more than 1,700 people worldwide. Since Conergy’s founding in 1998, it has produced and sold more than 1.5 GW of clean solar power.

Through its acquisition of well-established local companies, Conergy began operating as a distributor and project developer in North America in 2005 and currently has five offices, four warehouses and three production sites in the region. Conergy manufacturers mounting systems in Sacramento, CA. In Ontario, Canada Conergy produces modules and mounting systems that meet local content requirements for the Provincial FIT. In addition, Conergy operates a Project Group that develops and operates large-scale systems. Through these activities, Conergy maintains expert knowledge about local market conditions and requirements.

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Best Regards,

Jessica Fishman
Marketing Communications Specialist
2460 West 26th Ave Suite 280C
Denver, CO80211
Phone: 720 | 305 | 0738
Fax: 720 | 305 | 0079


Two Arizona-based U.S. Border Patrol agents died this morning as a result of an on-duty vehicle accident involving a train just south of Gila Bend, Ariz., in the Yuma Sector area of responsibility. The incident is currently under investigation.

The names of the agents are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


Imperial Valley, California – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry stopped approximately $1.3 million worth of hard narcotics from entering the U.S.

The first incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Calexico downtown port of entry. A CBP officer inspecting vehicles and travelers referred a 42-year-old female Mexican citizen driving a 2003 Chrysler P.T. Cruiser for further examination after the officer noticed anomalies to the gas tank.

Meth floating inside gas tank

During the intensive examination, a canine team screened the vehicle and the canine alerted to the gas tank. CBP officers subsequently discovered 30 wrapped packages of methamphetamine floating inside the tank. The total weight of the narcotic was 39 pounds with a street value of approximately $429,000.

CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja Calif., for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The second incident occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, also at the downtown port of entry. CBP officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) were screening vehicles when they escorted a 31-year-old female and a 30-year-old male in a blue Mitsubishi Eclipse for further examination after an officer detected anomalies to the vehicle’s quarter panels.

During a closer inspection of the vehicle that included a canine screening, CBP officers found 25 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside the rear quarter panels. The weight of the narcotic was 61 pounds with a street value of approximately $549,000.

CBP officers arrested the couple, both U.S. citizens and residents of Indio, Calif., for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

The third incident occurred at about 8:00 a.m. yesterday, at the Andrade port of entry. An officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers entering the U.S. referred the driver, a 22-year-old male U.S. citizen, for further examination after the officer detected suspicious behavior.

During an intensive inspection of the Ford Mustang that included a canine screening, CBP officers found 16 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside a non-factory compartment underneath the vehicle’s rear seat. The weight of the narcotic was 43 pounds, with a street value of approximately $387,000.

CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Yuma, Ariz., for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.

In all three incidents, CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles and turned the violators over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The subjects will be transported to jail facilities where they will await arraignment.

CBP placed an immigration hold on the Mexican citizen to initiate removal from the U.S. at the conclusion of her criminal proceedings.


On Saturday, May 14, 2011, El Centro Sector Border Patrol will host the Law Enforcement Memorial Torch Run. The relay run will start in Ocotillo and end at Clark Road and Highway 98.  The Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be participating in this event.

The relay race will be 28 miles long with ten runners per team running an average of 2.75 miles per leg.  Each 10 person team will carry a baton in memory of a fallen law enforcement officer chosen by the team.

Event: El Centro Torch Run.

Participants: Law Enforcement

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Time: 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: Start:   Ocotillo Road and Highway 98.

Finish: Clark Road and Highway 98.

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Roy D. Villareal to speak at the finish line at 11:00 a.m.


El Centro, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station arrested a convicted sex offender Monday morning.


On May 9, at approximately 6:50 a.m., agents working 22 miles west of Calexico, Calif., apprehended Juan Rodriguez-Estrada who had illegally crossed the U.S./Mexico International border.


While being processed, record checks revealed that Rodriguez had a prior felony conviction for Sexual Battery in 1996 out of Fresno, California and was previously removed from the United States.


Rodriguez is currently awaiting prosecution proceedings

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