Leader in Value Added Food Processing
The success of food processors already located here, coupled with our location in California's Ag-rich Central Valley, is reason enough to start looking at Merced. But Merced stands out amongst other California locations in several ways:
|Agriculture in Merced County Quick Facts|
Top 5 Crops
Access to World Class Processed Foods
Merced is located in the center of California's large and growing solar market. Unique to our area is UC Merced's leadership in solar energy research - providing world-class expertise and a trained workforce for product development.
Research and Innovation at UC Merced
UC Merced officially opened in 2005 and has already made a mark in the alternative energy field through research and practical application.
UC Merced is the greenest campus in the world. All buildings are certified at least LEED Silver, and many LEED Platinum. The campus is powered in part by 1MW solar system. The University has a, "Triple Zero Commitment" to reduce energy usage, generate renewable power and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
UC Merced Energy Research Institute
Led by Roland Winston, a leading solar power researcher, the institute's solar research areas include:
|Solar Energy Incentives|
|California Solar Initiative - The State of California offers rebates to residents and businesses for solar installations, www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov.|
|Sales Tax Exemption - California sales tax is exempted on the purchase of green technology manufacturing equipment.|
|Local Installation Rebate - Merced Irrigation District's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Buy Down Program offers up to $8,400.00 per residential and $70,000.00 per commercial installation, www.mercedid.org/solarprogram.|
|Wells Fargo "Sale Leaseback" - A partnership between Sun Power and Wells Fargo relieves consumers of the up front cost of solar installation. UC Merced was the first funded project.|