Technology helps reduce energy costs on Indiana farm while protecting environment | 1/10/2019 | Staff
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A Purdue University alumnus is using clean, solar energy to drastically reduce the electric bill for his northern Indiana hog farm with the help of a company based in the Purdue Research Park.

Kraig Resler, an alumnus of Purdue's College of Agriculture, partnered with Emergent Solar Energy to find ways to reduce energy costs, protect the environment, gain energy independence and invest in the long-term benefits of on-farm solar.

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"We are always discussing how to make our 7,000-pig operation more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly," Resler said. "We are excited that our completed solar array will have a positive impact on the environment and save us money on electricity for years to come."

The project is one of the state's largest confined animal feeding operation solar arrays. The solar array is rated at 155 kilowatts DC and will produce more than 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. This will cover approximately 75 percent of the farm's energy demand and reduce energy costs by the same amount. This equates to a reduction of 3,500 tons of carbon emissions over 25 years.

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"This was a challenging site," said Chris Rohaly, engineering and operations manager of Green Alternatives Inc., a contractor involved with this...
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