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Emergent Solar Energy adds 65-kW solar microgrid to Indiana farm

Jeremy Lipinski / Emerging Solar Energy

A newly completed solar microgrid system near Greensburg, Indiana, is expected to generate enough clean energy to offset nearly 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Emerging solar energy, located in West Lafayette’s Purdue Research Park, created the system for the Corya System PCF crop production facility. It consists of a 65 kW bifacial ground-mounted solar array plus 30 kWh energy storage with a backup generator for natural gas and propane. It also includes electric vehicle charging stations that will replace the farm’s gas-powered vehicles over time and further leverage clean energy production for their operation.

Jeremy Lipinski, managing partner at Emergent Solar Energy, said it is the company’s first design to include multiple sources of power generation and energy storage.

“This microgrid solution uses solar power plus energy storage and is connected to the REMC, or Rural Electric Membership Corp., utility network,” Lipinski said. “It optimizes the farm’s energy consumption at any given time from the cheapest energy source, reducing energy costs and capturing increasing inputs.”

This is the first addition to the Corya System renewable energy portfolio. Adding solar energy with energy storage was the first step in the company’s long-term vision to reduce its carbon footprint and use clean energy to power its operations. P. David Corya, General Manager of the Corya System, decided to implement solar options for several economic and sustainability reasons.

Jeremy Lipinski / Emerging Solar Energy

“From a sustainability perspective, we are committed to stewardship practices that protect air, soil, water and wildlife. We use the best available technology to manage our properties and employ management practices that protect and conserve natural resources for the benefit of future generations.” said Corya.

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

“We are at the tipping point of commercial energy storage here in Indiana, and as utility prices continue to rise, solar plus storage will only become a more viable solution to energy independence,” Lipinski said. “This project enables the Corya system to reduce the amount of energy it needs to buy from the utility and minimize exposure to rising energy costs, while continuing to integrate clean energy into their facilities.”

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