Pheasant Farms

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Client Profile

Pivot pumps are a major energy consumer throughout the west and a perfect fit for grid-tied solar electricity. Irrigation of the adjacent fields is needed most during the height of summer, which corresponds to the peak energy production of the solar array. The pivot pumps are turned off from October through April. With a net metering agreement in place with Fergus Electric Coop, the production of the solar array during the winter months can be credited toward the energy consumption of the pumps during the summer. It is predicted that 80% of the annual energy usage of the pumps will be offset by the solar electric system. Helping to keep the fields green in more ways than one!
Pheasant Farms

Agriculture

2013
Roundup, MT
Installing the solar modules
Installing the solar modules
Pheasant Farms

Agriculture

2013
Roundup, MT
INSTALLED2013
POWER24.96 kW
PRODUCTION35,660 kWh
Energy Offset80% Offset
PANELS96 Suniva 260-Watt Solar Panels
INVERTERAurora Power-One 24kW TL
MOUNTSchletter Ballasted Ground-Mount
WARRANTY25 Year Power Warranty, 10 Year Installation Warranty

Client Profile

Pivot pumps are a major energy consumer throughout the west and a perfect fit for grid-tied solar electricity. Irrigation of the adjacent fields is needed most during the height of summer, which corresponds to the peak energy production of the solar array. The pivot pumps are turned off from October through April. With a net metering agreement in place with Fergus Electric Coop, the production of the solar array during the winter months can be credited toward the energy consumption of the pumps during the summer. It is predicted that 80% of the annual energy usage of the pumps will be offset by the solar electric system. Helping to keep the fields green in more ways than one!

The Design/Build


This installation by Onsite Energy was the first 1000 Volt solar array installed in Montana, closely following the adoption of the 2011 NEC standards by the state. The power from the solar array is converted to three-phase 480-Volt AC power by an Aurora
Power-One 24 kW transformerless inverter, seen below.  The system is projected to produce 35,660 kWh annually, and
is estimated to offset 80% of the energy demand of two agricultural pivot pumps on this Roundup ranch.



Unique Solution
Many ground mounted solar arrays of this size require extensive excavation and overall disturbance of the soil. For this solar array a ballasted block racking system was chosen to minimize the overall impact on the property, while providing a cost effective racking solution that required virtually no heavy equipment at the site.

Customer Experience

"I can recommend OnSite Energy, for any solar projects for ranch or residence. OnSite Energy designed and installed a solar generation project for me last year (2013) for irrigation on my ranch in Musselshell County. The entire project progressed from design to installation essentially without any surprises and on budget. It was a truly rewarding experience!"

-T.H. Crawford--Owner--Pheasant Farms, Inc.
Pheasant Farms Solar System, Roundup, MT
Pheasant Farms Solar System, Roundup, MT
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