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100 kW Solar System Powers Poultry Farm

Linda Hardesty

solar Energy ManageRadiance Solar completed a 100 kW solar photovoltaic system at Providence Hill Farm in Jasper, Ga. The solar installation will supply nearly 100 percent of the poultry operation’s electricity needs.

The roof-mounted system is installed on two of eight poultry houses, and will generate more than 130,000 kWh annually. The 333 solar modules are made by Suniva, an Atlanta-based company. Amicalola EMC interconnected the system on February 18th.

Agricultural operations are eligible for USDA grants that support investments in renewable energy (Rural Energy of America Program, or REAP). Providence Hill Farm received a 25 percent USDA grant for the project, as well as a 30 percent Federal Tax Credit.

Faculty members from the Poultry Science Departments at Auburn University and The University of Georgia visited the farm to monitor the system for the purpose of educating poultry famers throughout the southeast on the benefits of integrating solar power into poultry farm operations.

In 2013, Radiance Solar completed a commercial solar photovoltaic installation at Shaw Industries’ carpet tile manufacturing plant in Cartersville, Ga. The 1 MW system will produce 1.4 million kWh annually.

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