So, Why Aren't More Manufacturers Doing This?

Ford's solar efforts at a Michigan auto plant will shave more than $150,000 per year from its energy bills - which as a company run up to $9 million per year.

Yes, there is usually an initial investment, but stories like this always make me wonder: Why aren't more manufacturers installing solar or retrofitting their plants and buildings? It pays off in the end.

And it really makes sense here in the San Joaquin Valley, where summer temperatures run into triple digits (it's supposed to be 102 in Fresno on Monday), power bills are high and incomes are low.

Those energy-related savings can be put back into the company, hire and train employees or earmarked for research and development.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley