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California winery turns to Paired Power to charge electric tractors

By: Kelsey Misbrener

Paired Power, a provider of solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging products, has partnered with Monarch Tractor, maker of the MK-V, the fully electric, driver-optional, connected tractor, to deliver a clean and efficient charging solution for Kaerskov Vineyard.

Since July, Monarch’s electric, driver-optional tractor at Kaerskov Vineyard (managed by Carr Winery) has been running successfully using Paired Power solar energy EV chargers — enabling the Santa Ynez Valley, California-based vineyard to significantly reduce its utility cost and its reliance on the fossil fuels that often power the grid. CalCom Energy installed the SunStation HPC chargers at Kaerskov Vineyard.

“Our mission at Monarch Tractor is to elevate overall operations, improve farmer profitability, and pave the way for sustainable farming,” said Praveen Penmetsa, co-founder and CEO of Monarch Tractor. “Pairing the all-electric MK-V with renewable charging infrastructure like the SunStation HPC brings us closer to a farming future that is powered by clean energy solutions. We are pleased to partner with Paired Power and Carr Winery in taking this step toward more environmentally friendly farming practices.”

Paired Power and Monarch have successfully enabled Kaerskov Vineyard to complete continuous day and night operations. In addition to charging tractors, the SunStation HPC will also charge a swappable battery cart during the day, providing the MK-V a full recharge for night-time operation.

“We are thrilled to partner with Monarch Tractor and Carr Winery to provide a path forward for sustainable farming practices,” said Tom McCalmont, co-founder and CEO of Paired Power. “The SunStation HPC was designed with fleet applications in mind, as we know that providing a convenient means to charge electric tractors will be essential in the adoption of electrified farming. Our charging solutions are scalable to ensure that we can continue to provide easy renewable charging as electric fleets expand.”

By: Solar Power World Magazine