Curtimade Dairy, a family run dairy operation with 6,000 head of cattle, has always taken a long-term view in investing in the Dairy. For the past 99 years, they have been running a first-class self-sufficient operation. With the drop in milk prices and rise in operating costs, a solar-power system was the right solution to provide stability and energy security for the dairy today and for generations to come.
A ground mounted solar tracking system, covering roughly 4 acres, powers 85 percent of Curtimade Dairy’s electricity needs and will provide an expected annual savings of $145,000. The solar installation not only cuts down on their daily operating costs, but also provides a long-term hedge against rising electricity costs and a strategy towards sustainable production and quality of milk.
Solar is ideal for dairies since summer is when the dairies need the most energy for increased water needs and cooling techniques for the cows. The solar power system can offset these peak demands.
“SPG Solar engineers and builds brilliant solar systems – they are easy to install and reliable. It’s the simplest income stream that I’ve ever seen.”Ben Curti
Owner of Curtimade Dairy
Solar Power Generation
The solar tracking system produces over 1,420,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) yearly, providing energy during peak hours of the day, when electricity loads and prices are at their highest.
- Produces enough electricity to power 130 average American homes year after year
- Reduces greenhouse gases by 27,000 tons over the 25 year warranted life of the solar panels
- Equivalent to removing 192 passenger vehicle cars from our congested highways yearly