“Solar fits with our ongoing commitment to sustainability, water recycling, and doing our part to address global warming. On top of all that, we receive a financial benefit, especially with PG&E rates continually one the rise.”

– Lance Batistich, Owner of Classic Salads


For more than 25 years, Classic Salads owner Lance Batistich has been farming the fertile land in Watsonville, CA. In recent years, this company has become one of the fastest growing companies in the fresh-cut salad industry.

After meeting with several solar companies while investigating solar as a business investment, Classic Salads selects commercial solar experts, Vista Solar, to design and install a 1.1 MW ground mount system at their Watsonville facility. In addition, Vista Solar installs a 45.5kW rooftop system at their Salinas facility. The savings from solar is nearly $200,000 every year for the next 25 years.

“Vista Solar is an excellent partner,” said Batistich, “they finished the project on time and on budget.”

The systems offset Classic Salads’ electricity bill by over 70 percent, and generate more than 1.75 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy each year. That’s the equivalent of powering over 141 homes or taking 279 cars off the road.

“It is rewarding to support the agricultural community with sustainable, renewable energy,” says Vista Solar’s Lead Project Manager Brian Brogan, “especially during these tough times for the industry.”

Established in 2000 by Batistich, Classic Salads is a leader in the production and distribution of gourmet baby leaf salads and specialty vegetables. Their products are 100% U.S.-grown using the highest industry standards for processing and food safety.

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