Farming in the state of New York has sharply decreased over the last several decades, and the high cost of energy is an important cause. Thanks to an OptoGreen Grant, Professor Michael Otis of the State University of New York (SUNY), a team of his students, and The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) are addressing the problem.
The SNAP PAC System provided by the grant will monitor and control energy usage at a large apple farm in upstate New York. Based on this collected data, solar and other alternative energy sources will be phased in as needed on the farm. The hope is that this example will demonstrate the viability of energy control and alternative energy for farm business operations in the state as a whole.