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For utility-size installations like the upcoming Moss Landing project in California with PG&E, Megapack will act as a sustainable alternative to natural gas “peaker” power plants. Peaker power plants fire up whenever the local utility grid can’t provide enough power to meet peak demand. They cost millions of dollars per day to operate and are some of the least efficient and dirtiest plants on the grid. Instead, a Megapack installation can use stored excess solar or wind energy to support the grid’s peak loads. Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
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For the second time in a month a fossil fuel-fired power plant in California is set to be replaced by a battery powered by solar, including distributed solar.
- Solar panels getting more powerful and more affordable, Chicago Tribune
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- Indiana Mayors Tout Solar Energy, Inside Indiana Business
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FARM ENERGY NEWS
Can the Sun Cool Sows?, contributed by the University of Minnesota, Pork Magazine
Food retailers and consumers worldwide are pressuring food producers (farmers) to reduce the use of fossil fuels and lower the carbon footprint of their production systems. Over the last couple years, researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) have been involved in a project entitled “Greening of Agriculture”. This project focuses on methods to reduce the use of fossil fuels in production agriculture.
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2019 Midwest Farm Energy Conference Resources: Power Point Presentations (PDF) and YouTube Videos