24 Mar '14, 6pm

How Solar Reduced a California Farm’s Electric Bill by 75 Percent

How Solar Reduced a California Farm’s Electric Bill by 75 Percent

A solar system installed by REC Solar at a California vineyard. Today’s farmers are increasingly using the sun’s energy to grow more than just fruits and vegetables. Solar power systems have become a new solution for reducing the energy costs of water pumps, refrigeration, vineyard wine processing, and many other energy-intensive agriculture applications. According to a 2009 USDA survey , nearly 8,000 farms had installed solar electric systems for various agricultural uses, and that number has no doubt increased significantly over the last several years, since solar installation prices have fallen by 60 percent . REC Solar alone has installed solar systems for more than two-dozen large and small growers, vineyards, and agricultural facilities, offsetting the growing electricity requirements for 21st century farming. How Modern Agriculture Uses Electricity Modern farms rely...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/03...

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