A new Arkansas solar farm has been built, but it’s not for a big corporation or for the local government. It’s for something much more important– wine! The Rusty Tractor Vineyards of Little Rock, Arkansas, has decided to install an Arkansas solar farm to help power their operations.
This is a big deal for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that this Arkansas solar farm will reduce the amount of energy produced from dirty fossil fuels. The second reason is because this will be the first vineyard powered by solar energy in the nation! That’s something to toast to!
The solar farm consists of 120 solar panels, and will provide roughly half of the electricity needed by Rusty Tractor Vineyards. The solar energy array is expected to produce 55 MW a year for the vineyard, which will give the owners great savings. The owners took advantage of several incentives available as well to help them pay for their Arkansas solar farm. This included a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America program, and $24,000 from the Federal Solar Tax Credit. The owners of Rusty Tractor Vineyard clearly did their research. By taking advantage of every incentive available, they were able to save a good chunk of money!
And that’s just savings they had when purchasing the system. Over the 30-year lifespan of the solar farm, the owners will see at least $200,000 in energy savings- a fact they’re well aware of. Doug Myer, proprietor of Rusty Tractor Vineyards, said “As a farmer and small business owner, solar offered clear financial benefits… We were able to design an array that maximized our cost savings without obstructing the views of our beautiful vineyards.”
The president of the solar company used to install the Arkansas solar farm said, “Like Rusty Tractor Vineyards, we encourage all Arkansans, from farmers to business owners to homeowners, to take advantage of current state and federal incentives to go solar.”
Sunpro Solar echoes this sentiment. Switching to clean, green renewable energy such as solar power will not only help keep the environment healthy, but will give you fantastic savings. If you want to learn how you can go green and save green, simply contact our solar specialists. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!