Valley Irrigation completes its first solar installation

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A project in south-central Nebraska is converting sunlight to power irrigation systems.

Valley Irrigation, whose AgSolar group has more than 700 solar projects worldwide, has partnered with Farmers National Company to complete the company’s first agricultural solar installation in North America on a farm managed by Farmers National Co., near Davenport, Neraska.

Solar power can offer energy savings and efficiency for agricultural irrigation, as well as potential tax savings through incentive programs, according to a press release.

“Valley offers the most durable irrigation structures in the field and our solar experts have implemented hundreds of successful projects around the world,” said Darin Sothers, Key Account Manager, Valley Irrigation.

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National farmer leaders highlighted the environmental benefits.

“The Farmers National Company has always valued conservation efforts as part of its sustainable farm management practices for landowners since its founding in 1929,” said Matt Gunderson, senior vice president of strategy, sales and Marketing, Farmers National Company. “The opportunity to invest in the farm while the owner receives additional income from excess electricity sold back to the electric district, making it a win-win. »

The installation will provide solar energy to a central hub in the valley, offsetting the energy consumption used to irrigate the field. The Farmers National Company landowner client has invested in Tier 1 solar panels, which are the highest quality panels and are also used on large utility sized installations. They are built to withstand Nebraska’s often harsh weather conditions, including strong winds and hail.

The components/inverters shall provide greater than 94% efficiency in converting DC (direct current) energy to AC (alternating current) energy. The size and configuration of the pivot will produce green renewable energy for the next 25 to 35 years, which is equivalent to the life of the pivot. It will also generate recurring revenue for the landowner through a buy/sell agreement with the local utility group.

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