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Fresh Plaza:
financing for agricultural producers internationally
to implement renewable energy

Agriculture Solar today announced financing for agricultural producers internationally to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through an agriculture sector specific Power Purchase Agreement. This agriculture PPA provides customers a 20-year fixed rate on electricity costs, as Agriculture Solar designs, builds and maintains system.

"Stable energy costs create an agriculture business model for growth," said Chuck Helmke, Principal at Agriculture Solar. "Agriculture Solar is helping agricultural producers and business owners reduce their energy costs and consumption – and by doing so is helping preserve our natural resources, and strengthen the bottom line for businesses, ranchers and farm operations."

Today's announcement provides fully funded systems for farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners financing to install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. The Agriculture Solar™ systems for agriculture funding integrates: solar pv panels, solar thermal hot water, and large-scale energy storage.

"There is nothing like this in the agriculture industry today. By providing a complete system with a fully funded integrated design, Agriculture Solar is answering the call. For years farms and ranches have asked for people who understand their operation from the inside out, and who offer funding and a superior product all in one simple package," said Helmke. "Traditional systems are composed of designs and parts sourced from different suppliers, including solar panels, inverters, trackers, and monitoring. Because these parts are not designed to work specifically with one another, the overall system performance suffers. In contrast, Agriculture Solar provides a complete and fully integrated solar system."

Agriculture Solar's proprietary solar sun tracker system installations increases solar panel production by over fifty percent more energy than traditional solar installations. The development team also offers a non-penetrating roof system that makes it possible for companies to stay in operation during installation, without ever needing alterations to pre-existing structures. "Our Agriculture Solar team includes proud scientists from NASA and even ex-nuclear physicists, all offering a full-evaluation of each customer's operation," said Helmke. "We have 30 year history of site analysis for anything from a Solar Dairy in California to a Solar Cattle Ranch in Texas."

With today's announcement, Agriculture Solar is funding projects to help reduce energy costs, including improvements in solar poultry lighting and ventilation, solar irrigation system upgrades, production efficiency, heat-recovery from refrigeration, solar heating of hot water and cooling agricultural products. The new Agriculture Solar financing is straightforward. Strong energy performance means higher incomes for farmers and ranchers, and more opportunities for folks who package, ship and market agricultural products.

According to Agriculture Solar, this financing model is well suited for the agriculture sector, allowing for a scalable program that can quickly adopt to any size solar power plant. "This funding combines the best of both worlds: an installation of utility scale product connected to the agriculture company, with stabilized energy costs for the next decades to come," Helmke says. "It brings new meaning to the term 'agriculture solar.'"

Key features of the Agriculture Solar™ system include:

-- Increased efficiency: High-precision, two-axis, intelligent tracking system accurately follows the sun, allowing solar panels to operate at peak efficiency throughout the day and resulting in greater energy yield than fixed traditional systems

-- Integrated inverters and motion control: Inverters, working with the tracker motion control, continually seek the maximum power output for the system

-- Intelligent Solar Controller: This energy management software provides monitoring, diagnostics, reporting, and system control

-- Increased durability, decreased maintenance: Weather and Agriculture Solar monitoring stations at each site ensure that the system is safe during harsh conditions

-- Agriculture Solar information network: All subsystems and components are interconnected for communications, including GPS and Wi-Fi for status

-- Comprehensive customer care: Agriculture Solar provides a single point of support over the life of the project, from financing, to planning and design, to installation, to operation and maintenance

About Agriculture Solar

Agriculture Solar™ was founded on roots in agriculture and industrial technology construction since 1970, provides the only complete agriculture funded and fully integrated solar system, including modules, trackers, inverters, ISIS energy management software, networking, AC and DC disconnects, and all DC wiring. With expertise across the entire agriculture system, Agriculture Solar™ provides support from early planning and financing, and continuing over the life of the project. As a result, agriculture customers experience unmatched performance, faster installation, easier operation, a new level of customer care, and the lowest cost of agriculture energy in the industry.

Chuck Helmke
Agriculture Solar™
Mobile:  +1-520-369-AGRI
Facsimile:  +1-520-844-1003

Publication date: 12/16/2011

Fresh Plaza: financing for agricultural producers internationally to implement renewable energy