Powering a farm by using the sun

Environment

By harnessing the power of the sun, one Connecticut farm is saving itself tens of thousands of dollars while doing its part to help save the environment.

It’s ideas like helping the Earth that has allowed farms like Bishop’s Orchards to thrive for a very long time

“It’s 13 or 14 generations since John Bishop came here from England in 1639 and was one of the settlers in Guilford,” said Keith Bishop, owner of Bishop’s Orchards.

So now, on over an acre of the family’s land, sits more than 1,000 solar panels, generating enough electricity to power over 27,000 light bulbs around the clock. 

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“They’re just resourcing themselves, you know, using the sun. It’s what we have to live off of,” stated Christopher Borromeo of Guilford.

And with a price to play in the agricultural industry, times are tough for Connecticut farms, and the cost of operations like Bishop’s is huge. The farm spends approximately $106,000 yearly on electricity. Not now, though!

The farm is now looking at 80 percent replacement of what it’s generating for kilowatt hours that will go into usage.

This will save the farm money and help draw up new business as well!

“If they’re using non-pollutant, more organic, and sustainable fuel, absolutely,” said Mary Jolley.

And if a big farm in Guilford can do it, it begs the question, why don’t we do it on all of our homes?

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