MORRIS, Minn. — It is an energizing start to 2018 for University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris who received a $5,000 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs).
“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Michael Reese. “We can’t wait to get started on our project, Financial Modeling of Solar PV and Battery Storage Systems for Dairy and Swine Farms.”
The capital cost of solar PV has significantly declined in the last decade. Livestock farms are prime candidates for installing solar due to high energy consumption on-site, a load matched well with the generation curve, and the availability of roof space and land required. However, due to varying policies, the financial viability of solar PV in Minnesota is highly dependent on which utility serves the farm. This project seeks to address the specific financial viability of solar PV on West Central Minnesota swine and dairy farms by modeling the impact of rates, incentives, and the addition of storage.
The award is one of 39 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the ninth round of Seed Grants from the group, totalling over $1 million to 300 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at http://mncerts.org/2018grants.
“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”
For more information about renewable energy research conducted by the West Central Research and Outreach Center, visit www.wcroc.cfans.umn.edu.
— University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center
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