With 32 solar panels on the roof of their barn, Blue Bell Farm in Bowdoinham, ME has been sourcing solar power for their electricity since 2018. Each year, the system will generate roughly 10,889 kilowatt-hours of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 18,800 miles driven in a gas-powered car. Blue Bell Farm is MOFGA–Certified Organic, and grows… Read more
Farms / Agricultural
Farming and solar are a natural fit. After all, what is farming if not the original use of solar energy?
Today’s active solar technology complements the age-old practice of agriculture by allowing farmers and agricultural to enjoy long-term energy savings, gain independence, and make their efforts even more sustainable.
How Solar Works
Solar photovoltaic (PV) is the an excellent choice for farming, simply because of how simple and flexible solar PV technology is. A farm can use PV to generate clean electricity on its rooftop (or land) at a very predictable cost-per-kilowatt-hour that is generally less than currently paid to the utility. When the sun is out, the panels make power. When the sun goes down, the business consumes electricity from the grid. Grid consumption versus production is reconciled monthly and credits carry forward up to a year.
For farms (such as dairies) that have high on-site hot water consumption, solar hot water may also be worth a look. Solar hot water systems can be integrated with any existing water heating solution, whether oil, electric, propane, or natural gas.
Farmers can also use air source heat pumps to reduce heating costs for their facilities and EV charging stations to recharge vehicles.
- Federal 26% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) through 2016.
- 5-year MACRS depreciation.
- State rebates, which vary.
- Eligible for USDA REAP Grant awards.
- REC revenues available in some areas.
How ReVision Works
We are a full service design, engineering, and installation company with an unmatched depth of experience in Northern New England. Our company has been ranked #25 in the country in rooftop solar installers and our work has been featured in industry magazines such as Solar Pro. With over 4,500 successful installations across the region, we have refined our design and installation practices such that our renewable energy systems are as dependable (or moreso) than the conventional systems they replace. We install and service mature technologies that are ready to suffer through 35+ years of harsh New England winters.
We streamline system installation, and eliminate the confusion and difficulty of working with multiple subcontractors, by using our own highly trained team of professional solar technicians on every project. In addition to NABCEP certification (the industry’s highest level of traning and accreditation), our technicians carry state solar installer certification. ReVision Energy’s project supervisors also hold master electrician and master plumber licenses to ensure that every completed system is code-compliant and qualifies for government financial incentives.
Due to the volume of solar we install, and thanks to relationships such as our part in the AMICUS solar cooperative, we have long-term purchasing relationships with manufacturers of high quality system components. This enables us to source the very best components at a significant discount and pass the savings on to you, keeping our prices competitive without compromising in component selection.
ReVision Energy backs every system with a promise to deliver exceptional customer service. Our technicians perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance to ensure your system is operating at peak performance over the long haul. In addition, should you need assistance any time, day or night, our technicians are on call for you.
Farm / Agriculture Solar Projects
Whatley Farm in Topsham, ME is now solar powered as well as organic. Their 13.5 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system on the roof of their barn will generate roughly 16,921 kilowatt-hours every year, enough to offset the equivalent of over 29,250 miles driven in a gas-powered car. Whatley Farm is MOFGA certified organic. They sell… Read more
A 48-panel solar array at Three J Farms in Danbury, New Hampshire will generate roughly 14,963 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity each year. The 14.4 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system on the roof of their equestrian arena will help bring down electric costs, and offset the equivalent amount of carbon pollution from driving over 25,800 miles… Read more
Tarbox Organic Farm in Westport Island, ME has been solar powered since September of 2017. The 36-panel array on the roof of their barn will generate roughly 13,255 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 22,900 miles driven in a gas-powered car. Tarbox farms uses all organic farming methods, enriching their soils with… Read more