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Kreider Farms Spends $2M for Solar

Linda Hardesty

Lancaster County Pennsylvania’s Kreider Farms is launching a solar power project for its four Manheim chicken houses and egg processing facilities. The installations will begin this month, and the $2 million project is slated to be complete by mid-summer. MBC Development and A1 Energy will install the solar panels on the roofs of the four   …Continue Reading


Cummins Offers CHP for Greenhouse Growers

Linda Hardesty

Cummins Power Generation introduced a combined heat and power (CHP) generator system targeted to commercial greenhouse growers in the United States and Canada. In addition to utilizing natural gas to generate on-site electricity, the Cummins CHP system simultaneously produces heat and beneficial carbon dioxide (CO2) fertilization to help accelerate plant growth. Through the capture and   …Continue Reading


Solar Offsets 75% of Vignolo Farm’s Cold Storage

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar completed a 1 MW solar energy system for Vignolo Farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Vignolo Farms will offset 75 percent of its energy use at its cold storage facility with the four-acre array. Vignolo Farms produces wine grapes and organic potatoes via sustainable agricultural practices. REC Solar completed the installation on time   …Continue Reading


Turkey Farm Installs 179 Biomass Boilers

Linda Hardesty

British turkey producer Bernard Matthews hired Lumicity to roll out 179 biomass boilers at 21 of its turkey farms in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Lincolnshire. The dry heat biomass systems will improve circulation of heat and reduce ventilation requirements. Lumicity identified the sites, designed the project, advised Bernard Matthews through the process of tendering and negotiating,   …Continue Reading


Look to Energy to Solve Our Drought

Energy Manager Today Staff

Take a drive down Highway 5 through California’s Central Valley and you’ll find more signs sprouting up than plants, all protesting the water cutbacks. The farmers blame the politicians and the politicians are blaming climate change. Everyone has a scapegoat but no one seems to have a good answer. Except, perhaps, the energy experts. Most   …Continue Reading


Farmers Should Turn Ag Waste into Energy, Says Professor

Linda Hardesty

University of Missouri scientists recommend that farmers use their agricultural waste to create a bioenergy grid. “Transporting power through power lines to remote, rural areas is very inefficient and can be expensive for farmers and other rural citizens,” said Tom Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of   …Continue Reading


100 kW Solar System Powers Poultry Farm

Linda Hardesty

Radiance 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   …Continue Reading


Meat Processor Converts Waste to Energy

Linda Hardesty

BioConversion Solutions has been hired to provide a $43 million biogas conversion system that will generate electricity, steam, and clean water at Bindaree Beef’s new bio-digester and rendering plant in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. It will also minimize odor and water issues at the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to Australian Ministry of   …Continue Reading


Explosion Proof LED Offered for Suspension Mounting

Linda Hardesty

Larson Electronics released a new 150-watt explosion-proof LED light fixture with a safety cable suspension mounting option. The EPL-HB-150LED-RT-100-1523-SCAB is equivalent to a 400-watt metal halide. The fixture produces 12,000 lumens of light and can be operated on 100-277 volts. Because the unit is constructed with LED technology, it is compact in size and has   …Continue Reading


Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Live to See Another Day

Linda Hardesty

The US Senate’s passage this week of the new five-year Farm Bill includes $881 million in mandatory funding for Energy Title programs to help American agriculture with renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Ryan Stroschein, co-director of The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC) told Energy Manager Today, “The program we most cared about and that receives   …Continue Reading


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