Renewable Energy

Solar Energy in Agriculture

Our First Solar Installation

We installed a free-standing, pole-mounted solar array on our site that came online in the Spring of 2012.  It consists of 6 Trina 225 PV panels, each equipped with Enphase Microinverters which are monitored in real-time on the internet via the Enphase Envoy.  Please check out the system performance at https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/9mYf61807.  It is a stand alone, grid-connected system.  It interfaces with the local grid via a smartmeter which we wired directly to the transformer.  The meter is read each month and the TVA pays us a premium, above the retail kWh rate, price on the green energy produced.  The contract is for $0.12 per kWh above the retail rate and is for a period of 10 years.  The racking is tiltable and we move the panel tilt angle 4 times per year to best capture the energy from the Sun.  

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Solar Installation at Our Location