For a medium-size dairy producer, a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell system optimized by CalCom Solar can provide an average of $300,000 savings per year for the warranted 25-year lifetime of the system1
Solar power is ideally suited for offsetting the electric loads of dairy operations. Solar arrays generate the maximum amount of power when demand is highest for all types of equipment:
- Fans to cool cows. The savings from solar make it more affordable to run fans for longer times during the peak hours of hot summer days.
- Chillers. Solar generates the greatest energy and savings in the hottest hours of the day when chilling equipment is operating at maximum output.
- Separators. With Net Energy Metering Aggregation, dairy producers can shift solar offsets to highest cost loads, driving maximum ROI.
CalComSolar’s deep expertise in the Ag industry and advanced energy forecasting allow us to accurately right-size the solar energy installation for your dairy operations over its full 25-year life cycle:
- We model dozens of rate and tariff scenarios to analyze the impact that changing herd size, variable water pumping and seasonal operational processs have on energy use.
Our calculations take into account different energy loads and usage patterns:
- Irrigation pumps
- Well pumps
- Fans and milking machines
We can often avoid displacing productive land through various creative strategies and provide hard numbers detailing the economic advantages and trade-offs that come from planting solar power panels.
Most importantly, we can go beyond just solar energy generation to incorporate comprehensive Ag energy management strategies that add even more to your bottom line:
- Ag incentive programs like Demand Response, Peak Day Pricing, Technology Incentives, etc. that pay you to improve energy efficiency
- Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) that pays up to 60% of the cost of deploying additional self-generation technologies like Digesters, Wind Turbines, Gas Turbines, and more