Fresno State will use a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs with the goal of successfully deploying and commercializing technologies and innovations in water and energy.
The entrepreneurs will be offered a variety of services, including technology evaluation, proof-of-concept validation, advisory support, training, education and incubator services, as well as opportunities to connect with investors, industry leaders and potential customers.
Overhead irrigation systems have revolutionized agriculture across the United States and in other parts of the world, using less water than furrow irrigation and requiring significantly less labor and maintenance than drip systems.
But in California, the No. 1 agriculture state in the nation, it hasn’t gotten off the ground. That could be changing.
California fruit and vegetable leader D’Arrigo Bros. Co., a grower, packer, and shipper, has a new 2.2 megawatt solar power system in Salinas installed by CalCom Solar.
The solar system is the largest customer-owned net-metered solar power project in Monterey County.
“We’ve always put our strong sustainability ethic into practice; harvesting the sun’s power to generate electricity is consistent with our goals,” said John D’Arrigo, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the D’Arrigo Bros. board.
A new walnut block featuring two research trials has been planted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at Exeter, Calif., according to Elizabeth Fichtner, local University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County.
On April 11, 2016, Fichtner established a rootstock observation trial and a study to screen biological and biorational compounds to help protect walnut rootstocks from soilborne pathogens.