18.5-kW solar photovoltaic array, funded with USDA and Commonwealth Solar incentives, is eliminating livestock auction’s electricity costs to maintain a cost-competitive
farming & agricultural marketplace
Whately, Mass. (August 4, 2010) – The Northampton Cooperative Auction Association and officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Congressman John Olver’s office, the Mass Farm Energy Program, State Representative Stephen Kulik, and clean energy company Nexamp today unveiled the Coop’s new 18.5-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array with members of the community.
The Coop’s solar array, which received a $34,570 Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant from USDA Rural Development and a $61,000 Commonwealth Solar state rebate, will generate enough annual electricity to offset 32,200 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. The array, designed and installed by Nexamp, is expected to provide 100% of the Coop’s electricity and will generate an estimated cash flow of more than $170,000 over the 30-year life of the array for the farmer-owned livestock auction.