Rafael Reyes on Monday, 23 July 2012 16:38
Clover Stornetta Farms in Petaluma has installed new solar cogeneration technology to power its facilities. The farm is the first dairy farm in the US to use this technology, which generates electricity and hot water with a single system. Solar cogeneration uses traditional photovoltaic solar panels and combines the panels with a thermal module to capture waste energy. The waste energy is then used to create hot water. According to Cogenra Solar, the manufacturer of the system in use at Clover Stornetta, the return on investment for this technology is less than five years.