Clover Stornetta Farms adds solar cogeneration project
A new project at a California farm delivers electricity and hot water through one system.
Mon, Jul 23 2012 at 8:00 AM
Clover Stornetta Farms
in Petaluma, Calif., is setting itself apart from other eco-conscious dairy farms with the installation of a new solar cogeneration technology. The farm is the first dairy farm in the nation to use this
technology, which generates electricity and hot water with a single system.
Solar cogeneration uses traditional photovoltaic solar panels and combines the panels with a thermal module to capture waste energy. The waste energy is then used to create hot water. According to Cogenra Solar
, the manufacturer of the system in use at Clover Stornetta, the return on investment for this technology is less than five years.
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