Solar micro-grid for a plant production facility in Indiana – pv magazine USA

Emergent Solar Energy has completed a solar micro-grid system for an agricultural production facility in Indiana, which will offset nearly 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Emergent Solar Energy recently completed a solar micro-grid system near Greensburg, Indiana that is expected to generate enough clean, emission-free power to offset nearly 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. life, the same amount produced by traveling 5 million kilometers.

The system consists of a 65 kilowatt ground mounted bifacial solar panel and 30 kilowatts of energy storage with a natural gas and propane back-up generator. It also includes electric vehicle charging stations that will replace the farm’s gasoline vehicles over time and make greater use of clean energy production for their operation.

Based at Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana, Emergent Solar Energy provides solar solutions to the commercial, industrial, municipal and agricultural sectors of the State of Indiana.

Jeremy Lipinski, managing partner of Emerging Solar Energy, said it was the company’s first design with multiple sources of power generation and energy storage.

“This micro-grid solution uses solar power and energy storage while being connected to the REMC, or Rural Electric Membership Corp., public grid,” Lipinski said. “It optimizes the farm’s energy use of the cheapest energy source at all times, thereby reducing energy costs and securing an increasing input.

Solar panels installed at the Corya System PCF crop production facility in Decatur County, Indiana, are part of a larger system to reduce its carbon footprint.

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The Corya System is a group of integrated agribusiness investment and operating companies that own, develop and lease agricultural land and specialized agricultural infrastructure, including facilities for crop production, grain storage and animal production. This is the first PV addition to the Corya System portfolio. P. David Corya, General Manager of the Corya System, decided to implement solar power options for several economic and sustainability reasons.

“From an economic point of view, the project compensates for traditional grid use and isolates our operation from rising energy prices, creating a significant and growing advantage in terms of production cost, while allowing savings. future through the conversion of an electric vehicle fleet, ”said Corya.

“From a sustainability perspective, we are committed to adopting stewardship practices that protect the air, soil, water and wildlife.

Lipinski said the application of solar power and on-farm energy storage makes sense when renewable energy can be sent to offset the most expensive demand and charge the battery bank at the lowest cost.

Total investment in solar power in Indiana is approximately $ 1.5 billion. The growth projection is 5.971 over the next five years and the state is ranked 18th (down from 32nd in 2020), according to SEIA.

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