Last Updated: 2017/08/10 06:39:46 AM
Manitoba dairy farmer will eliminate hydro bill.
August 2, 2017
A Manitoba farmer will be powering his property with the largest solar energy installation in the province.
The milestone project will eliminate the dairy farms Hydro bills, thanks to the power of the sun.
Solar Manitoba, the province’s largest provider of solar energy design, consulting and installation, is installing the 520 solar panels and other infrastructure on a farm near Otterburne, MB.
The project currently under construction will produce 175 kilowatts of electricity: the largest solar installation in Manitoba to date.
It’s just the latest Solar Manitoba project completed under Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Solar Energy Program, which offers a rebate of $1000 per kilowatt on residential and commercial solar power installations. That could cover up to 25 per cent of the up-front cost.
Hydro’s residential Earth Power Loan can also offer 4.9 per cent financing to cover the rest of the cost of installation, up to $30,000.
“This is just the latest project to show the value of solar energy in Manitoba,” says Justin Phillips, President of Solar Manitoba’s parent company, Sycamore Energy. “With Hydro rates set to rise, solar is the affordable and renewable energy alternative Manitobans need.”