Agriculture

DOE Helps Colorado Dairy Industry Slash Energy Use

Karen Henry

Last year, the Colorado Energy Office invested $240,000 in funding from the US Department of Energy’s State Energy Program (SEP) to help reduce the dairy industry’s electricity demand. Through the Colorado Dairy and Irrigation Efficiency Pilot, eight dairies received a free energy audit and energy-saving recommendations. If the farms followed the recommendations, the DOE covered   …Continue Reading


Irrigation Company Generates Hydro Power

Linda Hardesty

Rentricity, an in-pipe hydropower energy company, has commenced a project in Utah for the Richmond Irrigation Company (RIC), which will use its own irrigation flows to also create clean energy. Rentricity’s Flow-to-Wire system captures excess pressure and flow within gravity-fed water distribution pipelines, converting it into energy for the electric grid or for the customer’s   …Continue Reading


Tomato Growers Test GE Cogeneration Software

Linda Hardesty

GE’s Distributed Power business says that Prominent Growers Association, a commercial tomato greenhouse growers collective in the Netherlands, will serve as a pilot customer to showcase how GE’s myPlant 2.0 can increase the efficiency of on-site cogeneration plants. The new myPlant 2.0 software is powered by Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet asset performance management platform. Prominent   …Continue Reading


USDA Invests $6.7 Million in 544 Energy Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $6.7 million in 544 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. The awards list is contingent upon the recipients meeting the terms of the grant agreement. USDA Secretary Vilsack made the announcement during a visit to the Snake River Brewing Company, in Jackson, Wyoming. The company   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Helps Vermont Dairy Achieve $2.1M in Lifetime Savings

Karen Henry

Efficiency Vermont is helping Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy achieve an estimated $2.1 million in lifetime savings through ongoing energy efficiency efforts, the Brattleboro Reformer reports. Maintaining an energy efficient facility has been a priority for the Vermont-based yogurt maker since it broke ground in Brattleboro in 2009. Energy efficient control systems and processing equipment provided an estimated   …Continue Reading


CalCom Solar to Deploy 1.1MW at Dairy

Linda Hardesty

CalCom Solar has commenced installation of a 1.1 MW solar power system at Medeiros and Son Dairy in Hanford, California. CalCom Solar is deploying NEXTracker technology in this array, and the project will be completed in Summer 2015. Beginning in Q3 2015, Medeiros will save about $320,000 annually on utility bills. According to the dairy,   …Continue Reading


DTE Energy Builds Solar for Domino’s Farms, Ford Motor

Linda Hardesty

DTE Energy is teaming with Domino’s Farms and Ford Motor Company to build and operate the two largest solar arrays in Michigan. DTE Energy has begun construction of a 1.1 MW photovoltaic solar installation at Domino’s Farms near Ann Arbor, which will be completed and operational by the end of the year. The project will   …Continue Reading


Cargill, Black & Veatch, EnerNOC Work with Tesla on Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Cargill is collaborating with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install Tesla’s energy storage at the company’s Fresno beef processing facility. Tesla’s batteries help to reduce energy costs by storing electricity at off-peak use times, then using it during peak periods. In total, the Tesla batteries have a 1 MW capacity that will   …Continue Reading


4 Marijuana Plants Require Huge Amounts of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

A story in the East Oregonian says growing four marijuana plants indoors with lighting, climate control, ventilation and equipment to boost carbon dioxide to improve plant growth “typically uses as much electricity as running 29 new refrigerators, according to one report by a California scientist.” Large grow operations can rival the energy intensity of data centers,   …Continue Reading


Indoor Farming Company Works on HVAC with PUE 1.0

Linda Hardesty

Indoor Harvest, a developer of commercial grade aeroponic and hydroponic fixtures for indoor agriculture, has executed a letter of intent with PUE 1.0 to design and build an engineered HVAC system for use in building integrated agriculture. Indoor Harvest has also signed a letter of intent with the City of Pasadena, Texas, wherein it will   …Continue Reading