Emergent Solar Energy, Affiliate of Purdue, Adds Micro-Grid to Crop Production Facility

Emergent Solar Energy has completed a solar micro-grid system for the Corya System PCF crop production facility in Decatur County, Indiana. Solar panels are visible on the right side of this photo. The system will offset nearly 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. (Photo provided by Jeremy Lipsinki / Emergent Solar Energy)

Emergent Solar Energy, located at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, has created a solar micro-grid system near Greensburg, Indiana for the Corya System PCF plant production facility. It consists of a 65 kW ground mounted bifacial solar panel and 30 kW of energy storage with a natural gas and propane back-up generator. It also includes electric vehicle charging stations that will replace the farm’s gasoline vehicles over time and make greater use of clean energy production for their operation.

Jeremy Lipinski, managing partner of Emerging Solar Energy, said it was the company’s first design with multiple sources of power generation and energy storage.

“This micro-grid solution uses solar power and energy storage while being connected to the REMC, or Rural Electric Membership Corp., public grid,” Lipinski said. “It optimizes the farm’s energy use of the cheapest energy source at all times, thereby reducing energy costs and securing an increasing input.

This is the first addition to Corya System’s renewable energy portfolio. Adding solar power 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 power options for several economic and sustainability reasons.

“From an economic point of view, the project compensates for traditional grid use and isolates our operation from rising energy prices, creating a significant and growing advantage in terms of production cost, while allowing savings. future through the conversion of an electric vehicle fleet, ”said Corya.

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

Lipinski said the application of solar power and on-farm energy storage makes sense when renewable energy can be sent to offset the most expensive demand and charge 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, more solar storage will become a more viable solution for energy independence,” said Lipinski. “This project allows the Corya system to reduce the amount of energy it has to purchase from the utility and minimize its exposure to rising energy costs while continuing to integrate clean energy into their facilities.”

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