Solar Project New to GROWMARK Distribution Facility

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK has been looking at alternative sources of energy for its Alpha, Ill. distribution center since 2010. After previous opportunities to use solar or wind power did not add up for the company, they found the right fit with a solar project completed in the summer of 2018. GROWMARK is working with Straight Up Solar and investment partner Shine Development …

AgWired Energy, Audio, Energy, GROWMARK, Solar

Farmers Increase Profits with Solar Leases

Joanna Schroeder

You hear some news about farmers receiving payments for leasing land for wind turbines, but some growers are also receiving lease payments for solar power projects. For example, Farmland Partners recently entered into two ground lease agreements for photovoltaic solar power generation facilities on two farms in South Carolina. The agreements offer the right to lease up to an aggregate …

Renewable Energy, Solar

Vilsack Flips Switch on New Solar Farm

Cindy Zimmerman

On Earth Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack flipped the switch to symbolically activate USDA’s first solar array project in the National Capital Region. The 1.6 Megawatt (MW) solar farm, located at the George Washington Carver Center (Carver Center) in Beltsville, Maryland, is the largest solar array on federal property in this region. This project, which is part of a larger …

Solar, USDA

Soy-Biobased Products Compete in Solar Decathlon

Cindy Zimmerman

Students from Appalachian State University (ASU) are heading to France with a “reimagined” row house using soy-biobased products to compete against 20 global teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. According to the United Soybean Board, soy-based, formaldehyde-free plywood as well as durable floor matting are important features of Maison Reciprocity, ASU’s solar-powered row house developed with their partner school, …

Ag Group, biobased, Solar, Soybean, USB

Google Glass and Sullivan Solar Power

Chuck Zimmerman

Right after receiving my Glass I got a news alert from Sullivan Solar Power about their unique use of this new technology. What timing! So I got in touch with Michael Chagala, Director of IT, and we talked about how they’re employing Glass in their field operations. In the photo Michael is “wearing.” I think that’s how I’ll refer to …

Energy, Glass, Solar, ZimmCast

Pennsylvania Farm Show Goes Green

Joanna Schroeder

The Pennsylvania Farm Show kicked off a little greener this year. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center has some new “eco” features including a 124 kW rooftop photovoltaic solar array that were part of an energy savings project complements of the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Energy Savings Act. The new energy efficient, eco-features were celebrated during an opening day celebration …

Farm Shows, Solar, Sustainability

Solar Apps for Ag Featured in ‘Down on the Farm Solar Tour’

Joanna Schroeder

Mississippi Solar is getting excited for the National Solar Tour, an event that showcases solar energy for ag applications, home buyers, businesses, and everyone in between. The event is overseen by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and this year more than 650 tours are already scheduled for early October. This is the second year that Mississippi Solar will participate …

Agribusiness, Events, Poultry, Solar