Objective: Demonstrate a simple solar panel system and small wind turbine options for residential, commercial and agricultural purposes, and utilize the energy generated by the solar and small wind systems to power the rainwater harvesting and irrigation pumps, with any extra power generated being sent back to the grid.
Solar photovoltaic panels (2.4Kw) have been installed (in July 2010) on one side of the main barn roof that faces south by Solar Services out of Niles. This system demonstrates how easy it is to generate electricity in any situation with direct sunlight.
We have also installed (in October 2010) one 60-foot pole-mounted wind turbine (2.4 Kw SkyStream 3.7), provided by Monarch Renewable Energy of Elgin, in the adjacent farm field next to the barn. Electricity generated is metered, tracked and sent directly to the grid.